Welcome to IIC 2016 –‘Saving the Now – Crossing Boundaries to Conserve Contemporary Works’

We are up and running or should I say buzzing in Los Angeles with 500 conservators from 50 countries attempting to tackle one of the great dilemmas of our time.

IIC President Sarah Staniforth kicked off the show setting this Biennial congress in context and reminding us all of the importance of these meetings for dialogue and interaction.

Tom Learner, Head of Science at the Getty, explained how the congress theme came to be, and the issues that we are having to deal with in contemporary art conservation including:

- The behaviour and ageing of modern materials which we are having to learn and research on the run

- No previous conservation experience to fall back on

- Varying views on the role of living artists

Crossing Boundaries therefore sums up the approach that we need to take, including working across different conservation disciplines, cultures, and traditions.

Finally Tatja Scholte representing INCCA, the International Network for the Conservation of Contemporary Art www.incca.org welcomed us all as co sponsors of the Congress.

What’s really exciting is that we have over 100 registered students here – this is one of the big issues that the next generation of conservators are going to have to cut their teeth on.

Can’t wait to see what the week brings.

Post by: Julian Bickersteth IIC Director of Communications