ICOM-CC: Building Strong Culture through Conservation

The 17th Triennial Conference of the International Council of Museums Committee for Conservation (ICOM-CC), will attract leading international keynote speakers and up to 700 delegates, including conservators, scientists, historians and art historians, curators, librarians, archivists, students, collection managers and directors from the world's leading cultural institutions and the private sector.

The Faculty of Arts is excited to announce a Cultural Evening at the National Gallery of Victoria, where you are invited to join us to celebrate the world's oldest continuous living culture.

Taking place from September 15 - 19, the ICOM-CC 17th Triennial Conference, 'Building Strong Culture Through Conservation' will be supported by the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, with Director of the Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation, Associate Professor Robyn Sloggett chairing the Opening Session.

Australian Aboriginal culture has a unique place in the world, being the oldest continuous living culture. The ICOM-CC Cultural Evening celebrates Australia's extraordinary Indigenous cultures, and includes performance and story-telling. Featuring artists and performers from the Warmun Art Centre and Walayirti Artists, this event presents a unique opportunity to experience Australia's rich Indigenous cultures, and a cultural legacy that stretches back at least 50,000 years.

The Warmun Art Centre and Walayirti Artists represent the Aboriginal communities of Warmun and Balgo respectively. These communities are part of the remote Halls Creek Shire, which is located 2873km north-east of Perth, on the edges of the Great Sandy Desert and Tanami Desert, in northwest Australia. Covering some 142,908 square kilometres of predominantly desert and pastoral country, Halls Creek Shire is home to a number of art centres of which Warmun Art Centre and Walayirti Artists are the largest.

Co-hosted by the Faculty of Arts and the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, the event will be held under the spectacular stained glass ceiling of the Great Hall at the National Gallery of Victoria, on Wednesday 17 September, from 6.00 - 7.30pm.

In addition to the full program of conference events, there will be a variety of other cultural materials conservation events happening around this time, including seminars, tours and panel discussions. This will be a fantastic opportunity to learn more about the art of conservation as the world's best material conservators gather in Melbourne.

Jointly organised by the Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation, the Faculty of Arts and the Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Materials (AICCM), the Melbourne Special Events will encourage participants to consider the tangible and intangible aspects of cultural heritage. If you work or study in the culture and heritage industry, or if you are simply an interested member of the local community, please join in the celebrations and debates.

The Faculty of Arts is a proud cultural partner of the ICOM-CC 17th Triennial Conference.

If you are interested in studying conservation, the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences offers a Master of Cultural Materials Conservation and in 2015 will also offer a Specialist Certificate in Cross-Cultural Conservation and Heritage. For more information about your study options, please visit the Graduate School website.