IIC Annual General Meeting 2016, AGM Talk & Reception

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IIC's 2016 AGM will be held at 6.00 pm on the 25th of January 2016 at The Linnean Society of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BF (for a map of this location see http://www.linnean.org/Contact+Us/Find+Us ) This will be followed at c. 7.00 pm by the 2016 Annual General Meeting Talk, delivered by Professor Peter Stone OBE, Head of School of Arts and Culture, Newcastle University (see separate announcement) and then, at 8.00 pm, by a short reception. All members are invited to attend the AGM and guests are invited to join us at the Talk and reception.

Notice is hereby given that the sixty sixth Annual General Meeting of the International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works will be held at the Linnean Society of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BF, UK on Monday 25th January 2016 at 6.00 pm for the following purposes:

1. To receive and consider the Reports of the Council and the Auditors and the Financial Statements for the year ended 30 June 2015 (downloadable from this page of the IIC web-site ) .

2. To appoint Kingston Smith LLP as Auditors to The Institute and to authorise the Council to fix their remuneration for the ensuing year.

3. To elect a President

4. To elect a Secretary-General

5. To elect a Treasurer

6. To elect a Director of Communications

7. To elect three Vice-Presidents

8. To elect five Ordinary Members of the Council

9. To transact any ordinary business of The Institute

14 December 2015

By Order of the Council
Jo Kirby Atkinson
Secretary-General

This notice has been by post to all eligible members.

Voting at the AGM
Honorary Fellows, Fellows and Individual Members in good standing are able to vote at the AGM either in person at the meeting or by using the form posted to all eligible members; these may also be downloaded from this page of the IIC web-site.

If you are planning to attend the 2016 AGM it would be helpful if you could notify the IIC office in advance by e-mail to iic@iiconservation.org If you intend to vote in person at the AGM you should not, of course, make use of the postal or proxy voting form.

For postal voting and proxy votes the form can be returned by post to IIC, 3, Birdcage Walk, London SW1H, 9JJ, UK, by fax to +44 20 7799 4961 (020 7799 4961 within the UK) or may be scanned by the voter and sent by email to iic@iiconservation.org. Please remember that votes and proxy votes must reach IIC 48 hours before the meeting, that is, by 5.00 pm on Thursday 22nd January 2016 at the latest; votes and proxies received after then will not be counted.

Candidates for Election
Sarah Staniforth is standing for re-election as President

Jo Kirby Atkinson is standing for re-election as Secretary-General

Velson Horie is standing for re-election as Treasurer

Julian Bickersteth is standing for election as Director of Communications

There are three Vice President positions available; Julian Bickersteth is retiring as a Vice-President and Mikkel Scharff and David Saunders are standing for re-election. The other candidates are Velayudhan Nair, Valentine Walsh and Cornelia Weyer.

A total of five places as Ordinary members of Council are available for ballot. Shing-wai Chan, Cornelia Weyer and Valentine Walsh are retiring as Ordinary members from Council at this meeting and there are two candidates standing for re-election: Austin Nevin and ( in the event that he is not elected a Vice-President) Velayudhan Nair . Alice Tsang is standing for election as an Ordinary member of Council for the first time.

Their election statements are printed below:

Sarah Staniforth
I have completed my first three years in the position of President. In my previous election manifesto I committed to make progress in four areas. These were: international outreach facilitated through digital media; helping student and recently qualified conservators and conservation scientists get work experience; more cooperation with other conservation organisations; and ensuring IIC is a sustainable organisation, not only environmentally, but also through a membership drive for personal and institutional members. Progress has been made in all of these areas but more work remains to be done.

During these three years I have been enormously impressed by the hard work carried out by everyone involved with IIC. The time committed by a large number of volunteers is truly inspirational. The standard of IIC’s publications and our congresses and student meetings set an international benchmark. However, falling membership remains a concern and in the next three years, if I am re-elected as President, I will focus on addressing the role of IIC in the modern conservation world. We have started on this by commissioning an external agency to interview and survey a number of members and non-members to identify what makes IIC special and to use this to articulate why people involved in the conservation profession should be members of IIC and why they and others should offer their support to our organisation. I will also bring more focus on fund-raising so that the organisation is not so dependent on membership income.

The Fellows of IIC are a remarkable body of professionals and represent the most senior members of the conservation world. The teachers on the first IIC International Training Course in preventive conservation, held in the Palace Museum, Beijing in September 2015, were all Fellows of IIC. Future courses will also be staffed by IIC Fellows. We hope that all members of the conservation profession will aspire to be Fellows of IIC and if elected, during the next three years, I will bring more focus on how our Fellowship can support the development of the profession through teaching, mentoring and helping us to ensure that IIC is an organisation that is relevant to conservation professionals across the world.

Jo Kirby Atkinson
IIC is the international organisation for everyone working within the conservation profession, whether established or training, working for an organisation or independently. Today, in countries where the profession is mature, there are other conservation organisations that people can join, but this is not so everywhere. In parts of the world where the profession is still growing, IIC plays a very important role: in these countries, the formation of an IIC regional group gives its members a stronger sense of being part of an international network. It is essential to encourage and consolidate these initiatives: the desire to be part of IIC comes from within the country, but without support the enterprise may not survive. I would like IIC to give a voice to all those active in the conservation profession, wherever they are, including those troubled regions where heritage and culture are under threat.

Through our website, our social media and our publications we can reach out to conservators, conservation scientists and all those associated with the profession. There are several ways in which I would like to develop this. I would like to encourage students and those at the beginning of their careers to maintain their active participation in IIC. The Student and Emerging Conservator Conferences in London, Copenhagen and Warsaw have demonstrated the excitement and energy that can be brought to the profession; surely this can be harnessed and used to fuel its further development. Secondly, I would like to develop the idea of continuing professional development through seminars or through the website; curiosity is a powerful attribute and learning never stops. Not least, I would like to encourage IIC Fellows, those at the pinnacle of their careers, to give others the benefit of their expertise, perhaps through these same seminars. IIC has the ideas; all we need to do is realise them.

Velson Horie
I have been Treasurer of IIC since 2009, a time of considerable change and development. Recent achievements include the final repayment of the loan received from Maney, the expansion of Studies in Conservation to 6 issues a year with additional on-line supplements, and the finance to employ additional staff in the UK and Hong Kong.

Both IIC and the outside world are changing rapidly. The resources which have been gathered together over recent years provide IIC with the flexibility to improve its existing work and to fund new areas of charitable activity.

I have enjoyed tackling the past challenges of improving the operation and activities of IIC, and hope to see steady improvement in coming years. I therefore ask for your support in electing me for a further term

Julian Bickersteth
The Director of Communications position is a relatively new role that the Council created in response to the need to ensure IIC’s electronic communications were coordinated and optimised. I originally agreed to fill the role in a caretaker mode until the role was filled. At last year’s AGM I offered to fill the position more formally in an ad hoc capacity, and I have enjoyed overseeing the progressive development of the four main components of IIC’s electronic output, News in Conservation, our Website, our Facebook page and our LinkedIn Group. All have grown their readership significantly during the year. In addition I have chaired the Web team which has continued to provide useful guidance to Council on a variety of matters as they relate to our electronic communications and social media. The success we are achieving in bringing the stories that conservation can tell to a wider readership is ensuring an ever widening appreciation of IIC’s work.

I seek the membership’s support in election to the position of Director of Communications to continue the significant work that lies ahead in this vital part of IIC’s service to its members and the broader public outreach

David Saunders
I have been a member of IIC since joining the Scientific Department at the National Gallery, London in the mid-1980s and have been closely involved with the organization throughout my professional career, both at the National Gallery and later when Keeper of Conservation and Scientific Research at the British Museum. I served as an editor of Studies in Conservation for nearly 20 years and became IIC’s first Director of Publications for six years when the role was created in the early 2000s. In addition, I have also been a member of the technical or editorial committees for many recent IIC biennial congresses, including the forthcoming 2016 Los Angeles congress.

Having served as an ordinary member the IIC Council for several years, I was elected vice president in 2013 with a commitment to focus on membership and collaboration. While progress has been made in both of these areas I am standing for re-election as vice president in order to continue to serve IIC in general and to take forward a number of specific projects in which I have been involved.

First, as chair of the Membership Committee I would like to see through the profound changes we are making in the membership structure in order to ensure that conservators from countries where current membership rates are prohibitively expensive can afford to join IIC. In addition, the membership committee has been working on a scheme to offer a discount on IIC membership to those who are also members of their national or regional conservation organizations and to secure agreement where possible that this discount will be reciprocated by these national and regional organizations.

I also continue to be active in developing the next phase of the collaborative initiative with ICOM-CC to promote environmental guidelines that encourage sustainable and energy conscious practices in museums. Finally, having recently been part of the first IIC-ITCC training course at the Palace Museum in Beijing – and now a member of the academic and programming committee for future training courses – I wish to continue to be involved in this exciting venture that arose from the memorandum of understanding signed at the IIC Hong Kong congress in 2014.

If re-elected, I will work with the President and Council to continue to address these challenges and to play my part in other IIC initiatives over the next three years.

Mikkel Scharff
I have been lecturer at the School of Conservation in Denmark since 1987, later becoming Head of the Paintings department and since 2013 Head of the School of Conservation, now part of the Royal Danish Academy of Arts’ Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation. Apart from administrative duties I have since 1987 been teaching for example structural conservation treatments of paintings, technical photography, preventive conservation, technical art history and history of conservation. I have made - and participated in - research projects and a number of publications in these areas.

For six years from 1990 I was co-ordinator of the ICOM-CC Working Group on Paintings, followed in 1996 by six years as Treasurer on the ICOM-CC Board and co-opted Board member until 2005. Since 2006 I have been member of the IIC Council, among other things having served in the finance committee and collaborated in organizing the bi-annual IIC Student Conferences since 2011.

I believe international collaboration is very important and necessary within the field of conservation-restoration, in research, development and education. For that reason I have been involved in various kinds of international collaboration since 1985 and have for example been involved in organizing meetings such as three ICOM-CC Triennial Conferences and five IIC congresses. In IIC I have participated in developing a forum for students in conservation and young professionals at the London 2008, the Istanbul 2010, the Vienna 2012 and the Hong Kong 2014 congresses. Students and young emerging professionals in conservation are the future for the field and important to introduce to the world of international collaboration as IIC is actively engaged in.

I would like to continue this work within the IIC and among other things I would like to look into the possibility of strengthening the collaboration with other conservation organizations and further enhancing the interaction with the students and emerging conservator members. I hope to be able to continue using my experience at the IIC Council.

Velayudhan Nair
Please note that Velayudhan Nair is standing for election both as a Vice-President and an ordinary member of Council.
Standing as an ordinary Member of Council
My rich experience covers terms as Vice President of ICCROM, Directory Board Member of ICOM (Paris), President of Indian Association for the Study of conservation of Cultural Property (IASC), Director of National Research Laboratory for conservation (NRLC), Professor and Head of National Museum Institute etc. I have supported IIC as a Council Member. My term is ending and I seek for re-election to the council to continue my support. My experience in the last term as a council member will enable me to contribute effectively to IIC for fulfilling its objectives globally.

All along my career, I have focused on utilising the advancements in science and technology in incorporating these in conservation research to make it more scientific. In the course of these efforts, I have guided 8 students to their PhDs in scientific conservation. The major benefit professionals and students derive from IIC is in scientific research and the journal of IIC, Studies in Conservation, which encourages the professions and students to join IIC.

I want to use my position as a council member of IIC to promote conservation research and training internationally and to protect the rich cultural heritage spread all over the world. IIC is the only organisation I believe, can take this mission and reach each and every country of the world.

Standing for Vice-President
I stand for election to the position of Vice President of the IIC, knowing fully well of the responsibilities and after making confident that I can do justice to the position from my experience in the field of conservation in various positions starting as a chemist in the Dept. of Archaeology in 1971 till my present assignment as the Chief Advisor to the Government of Kerala for Museums.

I want to use my position as Vice President of IIC to promote conservation research and training internationally and to protect the rich cultural heritage spread all over the world. IIC is the only organisation, I believe, that can take this mission and reach each and every country of the world. The success of ICOM-CC 2008, the Delhi triennial conference organised under my leadership, gives me confidence that I can organise similar events in IIC co-ordinating all branches of Scientific Conservation. Through a corpus fund created from the surplus of ICOM-CC 2008, students are encouraged to pursue further research in the field of conservation. This gives me enough confidence that I can raise funds for IIC to fulfil its commitment to the world on the field of scientific conservation.

One of the major problems in the developing countries is the recognition of conservation as a profession. In many developing countries, anyone with or without training can practice conservation. We have to admit that a major part of the cultural property has been lost due to unscientific intervention. My position as Director or the National Research Laboratory in India for conservation of cultural property helped me to understand this problem and to take effective steps for handling the situation. As a result, I could support the Government of India to establish a Museum University in Delhi offering post graduate and doctoral degree in Conservation, the only institution in the whole of Asia. Through the support of the students spread across the globe I will be able to mobilise support for scientific conservation activities of IIC in a more effective way.

Valentine Walsh
I have served two terms on the IIC Council and am now standing for election as a vice president. I wish to take forward the improvements we began to implement during my time as ordinary Council member. While there is always a need for new Council members to bring fresh ideas and energy, there is also a need to provide continuity. I passionately believe IIC has an important role within the conservation community. Not only does it publish studies in Conservation, the only academically citable journal in our field, it also provides recognition of eminent members of the profession through fellowship. There is little accreditation available for practitioners to gain such recognition, particularly when not within an institution. I feel strongly that an advocate for conservators working in private practise is needed on the Council. The conferences run by IIC are a case in point, ICOM-CC conferences exclude non-museum professionals and we must ensure that IIC can reach out to the whole profession. Furthermore it is important to recognise the international nature of the organisation. IIC has been reaching out to conservators in countries where there is little contact with colleagues beyond their immediate area. This too, is important to me and I would like to help with greater outreach.

All this cannot be achieved without the members of IIC being involved and enthusiastic about its work and raison d’être. As such I also wish to reach out to the membership to reignite the excitement and idealism of IIC’s founders and early members. I am excited that we are now undertaking a thorough review of our purpose so that the organisation can once again become meaningful to conservators of the 21st century. Initiatives such as the student conferences, available live on line and dialogues on different subjects are a start but there is much further to go!

I am a paintings conservator working in London; an American who grew up in Europe; I speak several languages and am at ease dealing with issues arising from diverse views within our profession. Finally I wish to address practical issues of interest to conservators within publications, conferences and other, as yet undefined initiatives.

Cornelia Weyer
I trained as a paintings conservator in Zurich (Schweizerisches Institut für Kunstwissenschaft) and Munich (Bayerisches Nationalmuseum and Bayerisches Landesamt für Denkmalpflege) from 1973 to 1976. Alongside the training as a conservator, I studied art history at the universities of Zurich, Munich and Marburg and graduated with a thesis on early 19th-century methods of inpainting. In 1987 I finished my studies with a PhD thesis on the beginnings of paintings conservation in the late 18th/early 19th century.

After having worked at the Germanisches Nationalmuseum Nürnberg from 1985 to 1992, I have been Director of the Restaurierungszentrum der Landeshauptstadt Dusseldorf / Schenkung Henkel since 1992 (https://www.duesseldorf.de/restaurierungszentrum/https://www.duesseldorf... ).

Engagement in professional associations has always played an important role in my career. I have been a member of VDR (before 2001: DRV), IIC and ICOM-CC throughout my career, additionally since 1993 of AIC, and have been Vice-President of the VDR from 2001 to 2005 as well as delegate in E.C.C.O. for both DRV and VDR. I was elected to serve on IIC’s council in 2010.

I have been lecturing and publishing on art technology, restoration ethics and restoration history.
If I am elected as one of IIC’s vice presidents, my engagement will focus on the following points:
- intensifying connections between IIC and national conservation communities and their associations, e.g. by continuation of the series on non-English conservation journals for News in Conservation, but also by
- negotiating joint membership fees between national conservation bodies and IIC;
- developing IIC Fellowship and possible roles for IIC Fellows. An example is the establishment of the Fellows’ mentoring initiative proposed in 2014. Within this initiative, one suggested role, in preparation with Council members Valentine Walsh and Stavroula Golfomitsou is assisting individual students outside the western hemisphere with writing reports on conservation treatments.

Austin Nevin
IIC is unique: it is the premier international organization for conservators. I have been an active member on IIC council since 2013, and have attended all council meetings. I have advocated for the need to increase membership in developing countries, improve its online presence, and maintain its relevance to private and international conservators. I would welcome the opportunity to continue to serve on council.

I joined IIC while a student in 2004 and became a Fellow in 2014. I am a wall paintings conservator and chemist by training and currently a researcher at the Italian National Research Council. I have taught conservation science at the Accademia di Brera and the Politecnico in Milano. My research focuses on the analysis of materials and paintings, and I participate in several international projects to improve online research and collaboration in conservation. From 2011-2014 I served as the Coordinator of the ICOM-CC Scientific Research working group.

I strongly believe that IIC needs to continue to engage with conservators around the world, to disseminate conservation research, to advance the profession through congresses, student conferences and to publish open access special issues. I was an editor for the recent open access special issue of Studies in Conservation devoted to the LACONA X conference, published in August 2015. For IIC I have been the chair of the technical committee for the Hong Kong 2014 and Los Angeles 2016 conferences, and served on the technical committees for congresses in Vienna 2012 and Istanbul 2010. I am standing for Council for a second term, hoping to play an even more direct and dynamic role in ensuring that IIC continues to serve the world community of conservators and professionals, while maintaining the high standards associated with significant conferences and publications. I would continue to bring committed enthusiasm and an international and technological awareness to the Council, and would embrace the opportunity to contribute to the future of IIC.

Alice Chee-ho Tsang
I started my conservation career almost 30 years ago after graduated in Chemistry and later in Archaeological Conservation, both from University College London, UK. Currently assuming the position of Conservation Manager at the Conservation Office of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department of the Hong Kong SAR Government, I lead 4 specialist teams of 17 staff and take charge of an array of conservation programmes on 3-dimmensional objects including metals, archaeological finds, wooden artifacts, ceramics, sculptures and stone objects, as well as overseeing the provision of educational & extension programmes. Besides practical conservation, I have an interest in issues related to conservation education and training, and am keen to developing local conservation expertise and fostering professional exchange with overseas counterparts apart from engaging the community to generate public support for conservation endeavours.

With the experience gained as a member of the local organizing committee for the IIC 2014 Hong Kong Congress, I reckon that international collaboration and continuous dialogue with practitioners in the field are by far some of the most effective means in elevating knowledge, practice and standards in conservation as well as to keep abreast of the latest advances in this ever-evolving inter-disciplinary subject.

As a Chinese based in Hong Kong practicing conservation, I am particularly eager to see a growing presence and membership of conservators from China and East Asia in IIC which, being an internationally reputable professional body, has an edge in serving as a hub for connecting conservators and related professionals from the East and the West where sharing of knowledge, exchanging of experience and addressing varied challenges in their professional obligations can take place. As regards, I would welcome the opportunity to serve at the IIC council with a goal to facilitate the establishment of a regional group in China and the East Asia, to strengthen the professional ties of the conservators and related professionals in the regions with IIC and to enhance collaboration and partnership, in particular on education and professional development at an international level for collective advancement in professional capacities.

Deadline: 
Friday, 22 January, 2016 - 17:00