IIC Annual General Meeting 2017, AGM Talk & Reception

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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 Society of Antiquaries of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BE, on Monday 23rd January 2017 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 2016 (sent out to all members and also downloadable from this page of the IIC web-site.

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

3. To consider and if thought fit to pass a Special Resolution THAT the Articles of Association produced to the meeting and signed by the Chairman for the purposes of identification be approved and adopted as the new Articles of Association of the Company in substitution for, and to the exclusion of, the existing Articles of Association (the Articles of Association in their current form and with the proposed changes are downloadable from this page of the IIC web-site.

4. To elect four Ordinary Members of the Council.

To transact any ordinary business of The Institute.

16 December 2016

By Order of the Council
Jo Kirby Atkinson

This notice has been by post to all eligible members.

Explanatory Note to Special Resolution 3:
A copy of the amended articles, marked to show changes against the previous version, is available to view from this page of the IIC web-site. In summary, the changes provide to formalise and enhance the co-option as well as election of members to Council. Any other amendments are consequential or clarificatory.

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 2017 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 19th January 2017 at the latest; votes and proxies received after then will not be counted.

Individual Fellows, Fellows and Honorary Fellows may appoint a proxy to exercise all or any of their rights to attend and to speak and vote at the AGM.

Please use your vote!

Candidates for Election
A total of four places as Ordinary members of Council are available for ballot. Tiina Sonninen is retiring from Council at this meeting. There are four candidates for the four places: Lorenzo Appolonia, Barbara Reeve and Stavroula Golfomitsou are standing for re- election and Eleonora Nagy is standing for election as an Ordinary member of Council for the first time.

Lorenzo Appolonia
The experience I have in working with the IIC Regional Italian Group for over 14 years is very useful for the internal discussions of the Council of IIC. As part of this high-level, scientific group I can contribute to its discussions about the strategies or policies that Council can adopt to improve the interest from an international audience of experts in conservation in IIC membership.

The conservation profession has gone through a recent change of mentality and cultural approach towards methods of communication. This is a generational change in the way that we all communicate. The presence of web groups could reduce the need for people to join IIC. This is a challenge that IIC must face – and we know that IIC must start from a recognition that it has a tradition of quality that these new kinds of information media can’t offer with any certainty. The work of IIC, over the years, and the experience accumulated in the field by IIC, must be communicated as necessities for the next generation.

Conservation needs and requires the presence of a united community, where differences of professional focus or divisions between scientists and humanities specialists, public and private sector conservators, are put to one side. The importance is that as conservation work is very complex that the object is conserved, and not that professional differences are barriers to this. Conservation needs concrete collaboration and discussion between restorers, scientists, humanities specialists and others involved in the conservation process.

As a member of Council I would like to improve the discussion of and diffusion of good practice via access to direct knowledge about the issues encountered ‘between hand and object’. The quality and the strategy of the IIC publications must to follow this and must use this to reinforce and emphasise its special role and place in the conservation community, to help improve the quality of conservation and also provide wider dissemination of knowledge of technologies and practices old and new.

As President of the Italian regional Group of the IIC, I will strive to improve the collaboration between the different IIC Regional Groups and also between the Regional Groups and the IIC. This particular set of relationships must become more concrete and help IIC relate the international community and provide support and direction.

Stavroula Golfomitsou

I have been a member of the IIC Council since 2014, a role to which I am very dedicated and would like to continue, as an opportunity to play an active part in the functioning of this organisation and contribute positively to its development. IIC has embarked on a new journey embracing the new challenges we face in the field of cultural heritage conservation. I believe that IIC has a unique and important role to play within heritage conservation and as an advocate for conservation around the world.

Increased challenges in terms of resources dictate the need to look for new creative ways to collaborate and share knowledge. These challenges can be viewed as opportunities to revise and expand the role of conservation in the ever expanding field of cultural heritage. IIC because of its mandate can be a central point of reference and promote new ways of thinking, working and connecting as professionals. It is clear that there are a lot of professionals without access to resources and IIC can play an increasingly important role in providing opportunities for further training, sharing knowledge and mentorship. Online information channelled through a well-respected organisation like IIC also provides a platform for continuous professional development.

I have been coordinating the MSc in Conservation Studies at UCL Qatar since 2011 and have worked both as an academic and as a conservator in Greece, Malta, Peru, Egypt, Italy, France and UK. My experiences working in different countries has enhanced my appreciation of the role international organisations can play in professional development throughout different regions of the world. Accordingly, at IIC I have worked with various regional groups and hope to continue doing so for the next 3 years as part of the IIC Council.

I believe that IIC furthers forward thinking in the conservation field. Raising awareness of issues conservators face, along with providing new IIC activities and services is vital to help professionals and organisations around the world. As part of the Council I am committed to continue playing an active part in the growth of IIC with new ideas to serve professionals with online activities, resources and tools.

Eleonora Nagy

After more than three decades of international experience in both institutional and private sectors of art conservation I would be honored to become an Ordinary member of IIC’s Council. Now that I have acquired some experience and understanding of the conservation world, it is time for me to return the kind support, thoughtful guidance and encouragement I was fortunate to receive as an aspiring conservator. Born and raised in the Eastern Block I established and successfully ran one of the first five private conservation companies in a socialist country.

Working in the private sector in various western European countries, followed by earning a second degree in conservation in Canada and working in various institutes including Tate Britain, Canadian Conservation institute (4 years), Centre de Conservation de Quebec and S.R Guggenheim Museum (10 years) has exposed me to a wide range of economical settings, and approaches and practices in art conservation.

For the last decade my ownership of Modern Sculpture Conservation, a limited liability company with international clientele, and part time position at the Whitney Museum of American Art as their inaugural Research Conservator has given me a broad understanding of conservation in North America. I believe that my first hand experience in both institutional and private sectors on both sides of the Atlantic, in different political, social and economical circumstances and education systems could be an asset to further the goals of IIC.

While I am open to handle any issues IIC sees imperative to concentrate on, I would be particularly interested in supporting conservation and raising conservators in disadvantaged situations; in second and third world countries, and paying more attention to participation of private sector in IIC.

Barbara Reeve

I want to continue to serve as an Ordinary Member of Council to further develop the Opportunity Fund’s support for world heritage and to help strengthen conservation as an effective cross-disciplinary profession demonstrating the benefits of eco-efficient, eco-effective practices across the cultural heritage sector.

During a half year sabbatical as a Visiting Scholar at Wolfson College, Cambridge (2010) I pursued research in the UK and Europe on cradle-to-cradle and passivhaus initiatives applicable to museums and heritage management. Currently the Manager of Heritage Preservation Projects at the Australian War Memorial – with projects ranging from architectural restoration to the construction of an environmentally sustainable collection storage facility – I believe that the heritage sector can and should play a major role in the preservation of national and local identity through the sustainable preservation of cultures within the context of their native natural environments.

My professional training began with an undergraduate degree in Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology from Bryn Mawr College, followed by a BSc in Archaeological Conservation and Materials Science from the Institute of Archaeology, University of London. Working in private practice for museums, collectors, and on archaeological sites in England, Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Hong Kong, and the Mediterranean, exposed me to the huge challenges of private sector work, and informed my appreciation of object care and conservation across the world’s climate zones. I devised and taught Introduction to the Ethics and Practice of Art Preservation at the University of Hong Kong (1989 – 1993), educating collectors and museum staff in collections care in semi-tropical climates.

Moving to the public sector developed my understanding of the importance of public expenditure for cultural heritage. Spending 21 years leading the conservation and collection management teams of the Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney, and the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, I dealt first-hand with the steady reduction of heritage sector funding. I believe that conservators have an important role to play in demonstrating that sustaining the world’s diverse cultures and natural environments leads to good social and economic outcomes.

AGM Talk and Reception

After the formal business is concluded, the meeting will be opened to the public and we will be holding a panel discussion on current issues in Preventive Conservation: ‘The State of the Art’. This will be part of the Dialogues for the New Century series. This will be followed by a reception.

Monday, 23 January, 2017 - 18:00