Icon Textile Group webinar series: 'The challenges of starting in Conservation: Skills to help Students and Emerging Professionals'

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Thursday, 18 March, 2021 - 19:00

The Icon Textile Group are pleased to present a two part webinar series 'The challenges of starting in Conservation: Skills to help Students and Emerging Professionals'
Dates: Thursday 18th March 2021 AND Thursday 25th March 2021
Time: 19:00 – 20:00 GMT
Location: Online – via Zoom
Cost: Free
Needle & Thread: 20.30-21.30

With the decision taken to postpone the emerging professionals event until 2022, the Textile Group have created this accessible two-part series for all students and emerging professionals to help provide some advice and support on the challenges both old and new when starting a career in conservation.

The aim of these webinars are to prepare students transitioning into employment in an ever-changing field, which is even more prevalent during these turbulent times. We hope these presentations will encourage those who are new to conservation and help equip them with the tools and contacts needed to grow successfully in the field.

To attend, please book via the Icon Textile Group events page using the links below:
18th March: Book here

25th March: Book here

After the webinar the Icon Textile Group will be holding an informal 'NEEDLE AND THREAD VIRTUAL PUB' get together via Zoom.
Please do join us on the 18th and 25th March 2021 at 8pm (London Time) to further the conversation. Book using the links below
18th March: Needle and Thread – Session One

25th March: Needle and Thread – Session Two

<strong>Thursday 18th March 2021

Get noticed! Marketing yourself in conservation – Marina Herriges</strong>
Marina Herriges works as a textile conservator at the Textile Conservation Limited in Bristol, UK. Before studying conservation, she trained and worked in graphic design and marketing. Marina graduated in Art, Conservation and Restoration at the Portuguese Catholic University, Portugal, in 2016. She obtained a master's degree in Conservation of Cultural Heritage at the Universitat Politécnica de Valéncia, Spain, in 2018. She completed an MPhil in Textile Conservation, from the University of Glasgow in 2020. Marina has worked in a range of different heritage and conservation organizations in Brazil, Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdom.

<strong>What's in our drawers? Transforming a hidden collection at the Pitt Rivers Museum – Rebecca Plumbe</strong>
Graduating from the University of Lincoln with a BA (Hons) and MA in Object Conservation, Rebecca has worked for the National Trust, local authority museum services and as a freelance conservator. She is currently completing an 18-month Clothworkers' internship at the Pitt Rivers Museum. Rebecca also acts as a committee member on the Icon Emerging Professionals Network (EPN).

<strong>The Abegg-Stiftung in Riggisberg, Switzerland: A place for future and emerging professionals in textile conservation – Caroline Vogt</strong>
Caroline Vogt graduated in textile conservation at the Abegg-Stiftung/Berne University of Applied Sciences (BUAS) and in art history at the University of Zurich. There she received her doctorate with a thesis on gold embroidered episcopal vestments of the Romanesque period in 2019. Since 2008, she has worked as a senior textile conservator at the textile conservation workshop at the Abegg-Stiftung and from 2011 also head of studies of the institute's Bachelor's and Master's programme, which is part of the Swiss Conservation-Restoration Campus (Swiss CRC).

<strong>Thursday 25th March 2021

Freelancing through crisis: a year of self-employment during Covid-19 – Arielle Juler</strong>
Arielle Juler is a freelance preventive conservator based in Northumberland and working across the north of England and Scotland. After graduating with an MA in Preventive Conservation from Northumbria University in 2017, Arielle completed internships with the Centre for Research Collections at the University of Edinburgh and the National Trust for Scotland. Arielle registered as a sole trader in 2019 and has been pursuing a freelance career throughout the pandemic. Her talk will reflect on this experience and share lessons learnt as an early career conservator.

<strong>The kimonos of Maria Augusta Rui Barbosa: A case of Guerrilla Preservation – Gabriela Lúcio de Sousa</strong>
Gabriela has a Master's degree student in Science Information at University of Brasília (Brazil), and a Bachelor's degree in Conservation and Restoration at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). Currently she volunteers as an executive editor at Desvio Journal, and at APOYOnline - Association for Heritage Preservation of the Americas.

<strong>Moving on up: Applying for jobs and internships – Julie Bon</strong>
Julie Bon, ACR, joined the National Library of Scotland as Head of Collections Care in May 2019. She manages a team of Conservators, Technicians, Preservation Assistants, Registrar, Audit Officer and Interns based across two sites in Edinburgh. Qualifying with an MA Conservation of Historic Objects from the University of Lincoln in 2004, Julie held a number of project jobs before being appointed as a Regional Conservator for the National Trust for Scotland in 2006. In that role she delivered preventive conservation advice and project management across a number of historic properties and managed a nationwide project to deliver emergency response and salvage plans for over 50 historic sites with collections. She was accredited though Icon in 2013 and is an Accreditation mentor and assessor. She sits on Icon's Accreditation Committee representing Conservation Management and Preventive Conservation and is a guest lecturer at the Centre for Textile Conservation at Glasgow University.

<strong>Planning your professional journey: From emerging professional to accredited conservator – Patrick Whife</strong>
Patrick Whife is the Training & Development Manager for the Institute of Conservation. Patrick started his career working in urban regeneration and community development, providing support to third sector organisations delivering projects across the UK. He subsequently moved into the further education sector where he was responsible for the management of EU and Government funded entry to employment programmes and Apprenticeships. At Icon, Patrick oversees the delivery of Icon Accreditation, the Icon Internship programme, the development of training and the provision of early careers support and guidance.