2ND Icon Book & Paper Group Conference
Oxford, 1–3 October 2018
The Icon Book & Paper Group is delighted to invite you to a two-day international conference to be held in the historic city of Oxford in October 2018. The conference will be followed by a day of visits where delegates will have an opportunity to book onto pre-arranged tours.
This conference aims to explore the conservator’s approach to treating objects such as artists’ sketchbooks or authors’ manuscripts: paper-based items which were not necessarily created with posterity in mind. Their creators may not have anticipated a lifespan encompassing display, digitisation or heavy consultation. Indeed in some instances the producers of these objects may not have expected this part of their oeuvre to survive beyond its first use. Do we therefore treat them differently to ‘finished’ works, which were always expected to have a wider audience and longer lifespan? How – and how far - do we preserve the evidence of working techniques and practices left by the author, artist, printer, publisher, or architect? Does their original function affect how we conserve, display and interpret these objects? If a maker has deliberately tried to obscure previous versions of a work, where does the remit of the conservator or researcher end when it comes to uncovering erasures or amendments? Do we alter the legacy of such objects with our interventions?
The call for papers opens in November 2017 and closes 31 January 2018. A call for posters will follow. Registration for the conference will open in Spring 2018.