Tate will host an online conference, Reshaping the Collectible: Learning Through Change, on September 14–16, 2022. This international event will bring together different voices from within and outside the museum — including artists, collection managers, conservators, and curators — and from different fields within academia. The conference provides an opportunity to share research and reflect on an ongoing dialogue, exploring new questions and perspectives.

In January 2018, Tate was awarded a major grant from the Mellon Foundation for a program of research named Reshaping the Collectible: When Artworks Live in the Museum. This initiative was an invitation to think anew about practice in response to the conservation and management of recent and contemporary works of art, in particular time-based media, performative, live, and digital art. Research focused on works that unfold over time; question the boundaries between the artwork, archive, and record; and have complex social or technological dependencies. The conference this September is the culmination of this project, designed to explore and consider the shifting landscape of museum practice in a rapidly changing world.

The conference finishes with a performance by Guillermo Gómez-Peña, An Open Letter to the Museums of the Future, followed by a guided workshop on writing your own letter to the museums of the future. Introduced by Michael Wellen, Senior Curator, International Art, Tate, it will take place during Session 3, on September 16, 2:30–5pm (BST).

The conference, free and open to all, will be delivered online over three afternoons: September 14–16, 2022.

To RSVP and see the full program, visit tate.org.uk.

Join the Slack channel for Reshaping the Collectible, set up for conversations to take place before, during, and beyond the conference! Thank you to INCCA for facilitating the use of their Slack Group.

This conference is made possible thanks to a grant from the Mellon Foundation.

The project and conference are led by Pip Laurenson, Professor of Conservation, Director MSc Conservation of Contemporary Art and Media, UCL, and Project Lead Reshaping the Collectible: When Artworks Live in the Museum, Tate.

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