Asia-Pacific Twentieth Century Conservation Art Research Network (APTCCARN)
The Asia Pacific Twentieth Century Conservation Art Research Network (APTCCARN) is a collaborative effort to explore the history and preservation of twentieth-century cultural material in Asia and the Pacific. These relatively recent works of art are important in terms of national identity and memory, yet research on their preservation has not been a major focus of research in our region. Our focus on works of art made in "international" rather than "traditional" styles and techniques reveals important information about the culture and conditions in the region through the twentieth century.
APTCCARN comprises of a group of researchers whose work focuses on art produced during the twentieth century in the Asia-Pacific region. This research is informed by art historical research, art curatorial practice and conservation and scientific inquiry. APTCCARN provides a forum for the identification and discussion of research focusing on the conservation and scientific analysis of 20th century cultural materials in the Asia-Pacific region.
- Promotes initiatives between partners and other researchers and research groups
- Conducts training projects and develops training resources
- Undertakes regionally relevant research projects
- Develops web-based dissemination of projects outcomes including image databanks, artists databases, environmental data, portfolio of conservation treatments
- Builds information systems to collect and provide data to support and expand its research areas. These include the transfer of data, building on line and at distance research archives, providing training, enabling distributed data processing, and interactive collaborations.
- Holds APTCCARN events
- Members are committed to the broad dissemination of research outcomes and findings in order to increase understanding and appreciation of modern and contemporary art in Asia-Pacific.
- The Conservation of Material Culture in Tropical Climates: The 3rd Asia Pacific Twentieth Century Conservation Art Network (APTCCARN) Meeting at Silpakorn University, Thailand from Monday 23 April to Wednesday 25 April 2012. More information...
- Panel presentation on 'Twentieth Century Southeast Asian Works of Art: Materials Choices and Behaviour' at the Association of Asian Studies and International Convention of Asian Studies Meeting, 31 March to 3 April 2011, Hawaii Convention Center, Honolulu.
- Online web portals for Art Conservation and Curatorial Research Workshop. Monday 23rd March and Tuesday 24th March 2009.
- Inaugural APTCCARN Meeting. 20th Century Art Conservation Research Public Symposium, Balai Seni Lukis Negara (National Art Gallery Malaysia), Wednesday 11th June 2008.
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APTCCARN developed from an ARC Linkage Project 'The Behaviour of Western Artists' Materials in Tropical Climates' (LP 0211015), which brought together researchers in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, and the Philippines in order to investigate Western artists materials in tropical climates through art historical studies, visual examination and scientific analysis. Following discussions relating to the outcomes of 'The Behaviour of Western Artists' Materials in Tropical Climates' project, partners have indicated the need to continue to explore the area of art materials and art making in the twentieth century in Asia and founded APTCCARN (ADD link 4-see below).This team has now grown into the ARC Linkage Project 'The Twentieth Century in Paint' which is led by Associate Professor Robyn Sloggett and Dr Nicole Tse as the ARC Postdoctorate Fellow.
Across Asia-Pacific there are few training opportunities in materials conservation research. Students will be encouraged to contribute research proposals as part of this inaugural meeting. With a mix of scientific, art historical and data storage and dissemination foci this project provides a fertile ground for interdisciplinary student research that will be further enhanced by the international contribution from key scholars and professionals across the six countries. These networking opportunities will greatly benefit students in their career development, providing a basis for the evolution of future research projects.
Founding APTCCARN Members
- Associate Professor Robyn Sloggett and Dr Nicole Tse, Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation, University of Melbourne, Australia
- Associate Professor Ana Labrador, then Curator, JB Vargas Museum, University of the Philippines
- Ms Heng Noi LOH, Director, Heritage Conservation Centre, National Heritage Board, Singapore
- Ms Zanita Anuar, Senior Curator/ Director of Research, and Mr Amerrrudin Ahmad, Curator, Balai Seni Lukis Negara, National Art Gallery Malaysia
- Chiraporn Aranyanark, then Director, Conservation Science Division Office of Archaeology and National Museums, The Fine Arts Department
- Dr Tom Learner, Getty Conservation Institute
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