Art at Sea Symposium 2019

Essential information

Date and time: 
15 May 2018 | All day
£195 | academic rate available on request
Prince Phillip Maritime Collections Centre, National Maritime Museum

Discover how best to protect the cultural integrity of on board art.

Drawing on the conclusions from last year, this symposium focuses on the key areas of concern identified for the protection of art and marine interiors.

Held across three of our sites this will be a diverse and inspiring day.  It offers you a unique immersive experience of expert led practical workshops at our state of the art conservation and collections centre, combined with a varied programme of talks and discussions by specialists from across all spheres of the art and superyacht industries.

As the nature of the superyacht and art worlds evolve these two facets of the luxury industry are converging with increasingly extreme demands. In response this symposium continues the debate and seeks to create cross industry best practice standards in the area of protection of art and marine interiors.

What should I expect?

The day will start at the Prince Philip Maritime Collections Centre, our new state of the art facility, with a series of expert led practical demonstrations offering a unique immersive experience examining how materials react and appropriate preventive measures taken:

  • Vulnerabilities of the Painted Surface – vibration, light and environment – Paintings Studio
  • Microclimate Framing – examining the benefits of using, and a practical demonstration of making, microclimate frames – Frames Studio
  • Environmental Control – understanding how to create safe zones through data analysis and interpretation – Paintings Store
  • Material identification through non-destructive analytical techniques – Paper Studio

A coach will transfer you to Greenwich and, following lunch at the Queen’s House, the afternoon will continue with a range of talks, discussions and Q&A sessions broadening the debate on issues identified from last year’s symposium:

  • Industry review and training needs
  • Collections record management – essential documentation, proving provenance and available database systems
  • Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) and illegal trafficking

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