3rd APTCCARN Meeting | The Conservation of Material Culture in Tropical Climates


The Conservation of Material Culture in Tropical Climates symposium was a targeted forum for the dissemination and discussion of regionally relevant preservation solutions for Southeast Asia's vast cultural record. It was co-organised by the Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation (University of Melbourne, Australia) and Silpakorn University (Thailand), and hosted by Silpakorn University, Nakorn Pathom Campus, Thailand, where the Faculty of Fine Arts, Materials Research Centre for Art and Design, and Silpakorn University's Arts Centre are located, from the 23-25 April, 2012. 

Over three days the 3rd APTCCARN Meeting addressed regionally relevant issues relating to the conservation of material culture where the ageing of artworks in tropical climates and individual artists choice of materials are the key factors influencing the preservation of vast collections of cultural heritage in tropical Southeast Asia. The program brought together international experts engaged with the conservation of material culture in hot, humid climates to present formal papers based on the APTCCARN research platforms, and artist-conservator panel discussions presented in a Symposium context. The program also included practicum visits to Silpakorn University's Art Centre, artists' studios, and both artists' and industrial paint manufacturers to engage participants in the issues informing material behaviour in tropical climates and their methods of production.

Conference Themes:

  • Artists Materials and Materiality

  • Conservation Practice

  • Communicating Conservation

Read the Welcome Messages here.

Read recaps of the third APTCCARN Meeting by Dr Nicole Tse and Dr Sabine Cotte in the AICCM Newsletter here.


This Meeting was co-organised by:

  • Associate Professor Supanee Chayabutra, Chemistry Department and Materials Research Institute of Art and Design, and Dr Klangpol Kamolchote, Director, Academic Affairs and Chemistry Department, from Silpakorn University,

  • Dr Nicole Tse, ARC Post Doctorate Research Fellow, Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation (CCMC), The University of Melbourne.



An ARC Linkage Project investigating 'The Twentieth Century in Paint' supported the meeting. The program was also part of the '40th Anniversary of the Faculty of Science, Silpakorn University.'