Upcoming Event | Collections Care: Staying Relevant in Changing Times, ASEAN & Beyond | Singapore, 23-25 October 2019

The Heritage Conservation Centre (HCC) in Singapore has organised an event that may be of interest to APTCCARN Members, on the theme Collections Care: Staying Relevant in Changing Times, ASEAN & Beyond, which will be held at the National Museum of Singapore from 23-25 October 2019.

Focusing on the cross-disciplinary nature of collections care, the conference aims to contextualise challenges and solutions through shared experiences, and to celebrate advancements, while strengthening and forging relationships within the profession. 

APTCCARN Founding Member Professor Robyn Sloggett AM (Cripps Foundations Chair of Cultural Materials Conservation, and Director of the Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation) will give the Keynote Presentation on ‘Simplicity in Complexity: Trends and Future Directions in Caring for Collections in Australia and Southeast Asia’. Research by APTCCARN Founding Members, Ana Maria Theresa P. Labrador, Ph.D. (Assistant Director, National Museum, Philippines) on ‘Engaging Museum Audiences through Protection and Promotion of Collection at The National Museum of The Philippines’ and Chiraporn Aranyanark (Conservation Specialist, National Discovery Museum Institute, Thailand) on ‘Sustainable Approach for Climate Control in the Tropics’, will also be presented.

Over three days the conference hopes to bring together a diverse pool of cultural workers ranging from collection managers and registrars, to conservators and scientists, including librarians, archivist, cataloguers, and curators from various cultural institutions to engage in dialogue. The conference will also include a poster presentation session, a welcome cocktail reception and an optional half-day tour. 

The conference theme broadly covers:

  • Customised approaches or innovative use of technology in strengthening collections management or care; 

  • Interdisciplinary and contextual approaches to conservation of traditional and contemporary works of art and artefacts; 

  • Strategies in keeping and accessing digital collections;

  • Enhancing access to and research of collections through collection cataloguing and knowledge management; and

  • Application of scientific analysis in characterising and understanding the properties of materials found in the region.

Early Bird Registration (25 April to 26 August 2019), ICOM Member rate, Museum Roundtable Member rate, and Student rate: 350 SGD

Normal Registration (from 27 August): 500 SGD

More information about the conference programme and registration can be found on the conference website.

Events in 2018

This calendar will be updated as new events are announced. If there are any events you are aware of that other APTCCARN Members would find of interest and that are not listed here, such as lectures, workshops, training events, conferences, symposiums, museum openings, etc., please email aptccarn@gmail.com, including links to event pages. 


17-28 January | Singapore Art Week, Singapore. 

29-30 January | 2018 Blue Shield Australia Symposium: Cultural Heritage, Climate Change and Disasters, National Library of Australia, Canberra, Australia.


3 February - 5 March | Manila Biennale, Intramuros, Philippines. 

6-12 February | The Making Connections Program, Melbourne & Sydney, Australia. Events include:

10 February | Raden Saleh's World(s), Lecture by Mikke Susanto, National Gallery Singapore, Singapore. 


1-4 March | Art Fair Philippines, Manila, Philippines. 


6-12 April | 22nd Southeast Asia-Pacific AudioVisual Archive Association Conference: AV Archiving Beyond Boundaries, Pathumwan Princess Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand. Read a review of the event by AICCM Member Swee Cheng Wong, Conservator, Audiovisual, State Library of Queensland.


18 May | International Museum Day.

18 May | National Museum of Natural History Opening, Manila, Philippines.



3-5 July | Asian Studies Association of Australia Conference, the University of Sydney, Australia. 



14-18 September | IIC Congress, Preventive Conservation: The State of the Art, Turin, Italy.



15-16 November | Migrants: art, artists, materials and ideas crossing borders Conference, hosted by Hamilton Kerr Institute, Fitzwilliam Museum, at Murray Edwards College, Cambridge, UK. Submissions due 28 February.

19-21 November | Postgraduate Retreat: Contextualising the thesis in Southeast Asia, hosted by the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre, The University of Sydney, Australia. Submissions due 28 October. The retreat is open to higher research degree students, enrolled at Australian universities, who are researching Southeast Asia.


6-7 December | Asia as Method: Transnational Research in the Museum, symposium hosted by the Tate Modern, UK. Submissions due 28 October.

Job Opportunity in Hong Kong: Senior Research Assistant in the Architectural Conservation Laboratory

Senior Research Assistant in the Architectural Conservation Laboratory in the Department of Real Estate and Construction

Take a look material and conservation scientists - if you have a research interest in built heritage conservation, and (preferably) experience in applied science in conservation, this might be the job for you. It is with the Architectural Conservation Laboratory (ACLab) at Hong Kong University, and it is good to see growth in this area. 

Applicants should send their cover letter and completed application form, together with an up-to-date C.V. by e-mail to gesas@hku.hk.   Application forms (345/1111) can be downloaded here. Further particulars can be obtained here.   

Closes November 10, 2017.