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Reshaping the Collectible: Learning through Change

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An online international conference to share research and emerging thinking about the care and stewardship of contemporary collections

We are delighted to invite you to a conference that provides an opportunity to come together to share our research at the end of the three-year project, Reshaping the Collectible: When Artworks Live in the Museum, funded by the Mellon Foundation. The conference will bring together different voices from within and outside the museum to explore the work that has been done and to look to the future from where we are now.

In January 2018 Tate was awarded a major grant from the Mellon Foundation for a programme of research to examine and develop our practice in response to the conservation and management of recent and contemporary works of art, in particular time-based media, performative, live and digital art.

The research focuses on works that unfold over time, that question the boundaries between the artwork, the archive and the record, and that have complex social or technological dependencies within networks outside the museum. The project has brought together conservators, registrars, curators and archivists, and throughout the course of our research has been shaped by the wider events of the past four years. These encounters have repeatedly challenged our inherited practices, inviting us to think anew.

The conference will explore artworks that generate archives, the relationship between memory and the future, radical hospitality and love, replication and the carbon impact of exhibition copies, what is at stake in making the practices of conservation and collection management more visible, and what it means to learn an artwork.

The conference will be delivered online on 14, 15 and 16 September 2022 for free.

All times given in the programme are in British Standard Time.

Please note all timings in the programme are subject to change. Further sessions and speakers are still to be confirmed.

This conference is made possible thanks to a grant from the Mellon Foundation.

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Closed captioning will be available and the schedule will allow time for screen-breaks

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14, 15 and 16 September 2022

Core conference hours are 12.00–17.00 (British Standard Time), but some sessions will run outside of these hours – please see programme for details

Zoom links will be sent to bookers by email in September


Free with ticket

Your booking will be for 14 September but will be valid for the whole conference

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