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Icon Annual Lecture 2019

Icon Annual Lecture 2019

The Icon Annual Lecture is taking place in London on 5th December 2019 alongside Icon's AGM and will be focusing on the topic of Intangible Cultural Heritage. The lecture is being delivered by Clara Arokiasamy OBE, President of ICOMOS-UK and Chair of the Intangible Cultural Heritage Committee, alongside Icon member Louise Lawson, Conservation Manager for Time-based Media at Tate. 

Icon members are encouraged to join Icon's AGM which is taking place before the lecture at 5pm. 

Programme
Timings
Speaker biographies
Venue
Annual General Meeting
Tickets

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Programme

Through two interlinked talks, the Icon Annual Lecture will explore the notion of Intangible Cultural Heritage, what it is, its importance and the challenges this poses for the conservation profession. 

Intangible Cultural Heritage and its Relevance to Conservation Practices
Clara Arokiasamy OBE, President, ICOMOS-UK 
Storytelling, performing arts, social customs and practices, rituals and festive events, knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe, healing systems, traditional crafts, culinary traditions, fishing and gathering practices are just some of the living traditions of the UK’s vast Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH). Many of these cultural representations, knowledge, skills and expressions give meaning to material heritage - objects, monuments and landscapes and highlight their connections to bearer or practicing communities who are the guardians of ICH, places and histories. Living cultural and social practices are not static. They continuously evolve while being transmitted from one generation to another and in response to their environment which need to be reflected in the way material culture is conserved and interpreted.

Although the UK is yet to ratify UNESCO’s 2003 Convention for The Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage- an international standard setting instrument, the interest in translating this Convention into practice is gaining momentum among professionals in the arts, heritage and crafts and community sectors, internationally and the UK. Using examples of good practice from here and abroad, this annual lecture presentation will focus on definitions of ICH, safeguarding and the role of bearer communities as set out in the 2003 Convention, UK’s response to date and the benefits and challenges of exploring ICH elements in conservation practices.

Keeping it “Live”
Louise Lawson, Conservation Manager - Time Based Media, Tate
Tate describes performance artworks as: “artworks that are created through actions performed by the artist or other participants, which may be live or recorded, spontaneous or scripted”. The concept of keeping an artwork as a living entity presents challenges for conservation, indeed, this is an art form that traditionally is only represented through the medium of live action, therefore resisting any form of containment, fixation, or materialisation. The talk will explore themes around live, transmission, documentation and collaboration, outlining the approaches in conserving performance art at Tate that facilitates a living changing art form.

Timings

4.30pm Registration Opens for Icon AGM
5.00pm Icon AGM (members only)
6.00pm Registration for Icon Annual Lecture
6.30pm Icon Annual Lecture
8.00pm Drinks Reception
9.45pm Event closes. 

Speaker biographies

Clara Arokiasamy OBE, President, ICOMOS-UK
6_0.jpg​Clara Arokiasamy is the President of ICOMOS-UK and is the Chair of ICOMOS-UK’S Intangible Cultural Heritage Committee which she founded in 2012. Her involvement, as a senior manager and non-executive member, in the planning and delivery of arts and heritage services in the UK spans local government, community sector, and Non-Government Departments, over a period of 25 years. She was Deputy Director Operations at UK’s Heritage Lottery Fund, a member of the Culture Committee at the UK National Commission for UNESCO, Vice President of the International Committee for Intangible Cultural Heritage at ICOMOS International and a member of the Strategic Review Committee at ICOM International. Clara also chaired the London Mayor’s Heritage and Diversity Task Force and the Open University’s research board on Cultural Rights and Kenya’s New Constitution. She worked with the EU Commission on EU-funded interventions on cultural heritage alike.

Louise Lawson, Conservation Manager - Time Based Media, Tate
1313_59ca491dd403b.jpg​​Louise Lawson is Conservation Manager for Time Based Media Conservation at Tate. She is responsible for the strategic direction, development and delivery of all aspects relating to time-based media conservation at Tate. This requires working across a wide range of projects and programmes: exhibitions and displays (across Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Tate Liverpool and Tate St Ives, acquisition, loan-outs and collection care initiatives. Current areas of interest and research are with performance-based artworks within Tate’s collection.

 

Venue

The Lecture and AGM are taking place at the St Bride Foundation, close to Blackfriars, St Pauls and Farringdon stations. 

St Bride Foundation
14 Bride Lane,
London
EC4Y 8EQ

Annual General Meeting

The 15th Annual General Meeting of the Institute of Conservation will be before the Lecture at 5.00 p.m. This is an exciting opportunity to hear the announcement of Icon's new Chair of Trustees alongside the new Trustees. 

A member of the Institute of Conservation who is entitled to attend and vote at the meeting (being a paid up Accredited, Associate, Student and Emeritus Member) is entitled to appoint a proxy, who need not be a member of the Institute of Conservation, to attend and vote instead of them. Proxies may be appointed via the web portal or to the registered office so long as they are received before 5.00 p.m. on Monday 2nd December 2019. Those received later will not be counted.

The AGM is open to all members of Icon, if you do want to attend the AGM but not the lecture, you may do so by booking the free 'AGM Only' ticket below. 

Tickets

Icon Member - £12.50
You will be asked when you book if you also intend on joining us for the AGM beforehand. 

Icon Student Member - £7.50
You will be asked when you book if you also intend on joining us for the AGM beforehand. 

Lecture Only (Non-members) - £20.00
Non-Icon members who are attending the Lecture should arrive from 6pm. 

AGM Only (Icon member) - free
The AGM is open to all members of Icon. If you would like to attend the AGM only (5pm to 6pm) you are welcome to do so. You should still reserve a place by clicking 'Book Now' to ensure that we are able to make arrangements.

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