SPark: Conservation of sculpture parks (Sisak, 14-16 Sept 15)

SPark: Conservation of sculpture parks (Sisak, 14-16 Sept 15)
Sisak, Croatia, September 14 - 16, 2015
Deadline: Jan 31, 2015

Arts Academy of the University of Split (Croatia), Museum of 
Contemporary Art in Zagreb (Croatia) and Cologne Institute of 
Conservation Sciences (Germany) are organizing an international 
conference on conservation of sculpture parks on September 14-16, 2015 
in Sisak, Croatia.

Conservation of outdoor sculpture collections poses many challenges. 
Sculptures are executed in a wide array of materials, ranging from 
metal and stone to cement and plastics. Harsh and varied outdoor 
conditions accelerate the degradation of materials and reduce their 
lifetime. How can the original appearance of a sculpture be determined? 
How can the life and appearance of outdoor sculpture collections be 
extended? Which of the changes that the sculptures undergo are 
culturally valued, and which are seen as damage? How is a sculpture 
collection that is spread over an extremely large area managed? What is 
the relation between outdoor sculptures and their ever-changing natural 
or built environment?

This conference aims to address all aspects connected to conservation 
of outdoor sculpture collections, from technical questions on how to 
carry out the treatments to collection administration/management. 
Possible themes include, but are not limited to:

- Terminology (critical review of categories and terms that are used to describe outdoor sculpture display: sculpture park, sculpture walk, sculptural landscape etc.)
- Planning (collections curation, acquisition of sculptures, landscape planning)
- Administration
- Documentation and mapping
- Maintenance plans (surveying and assessment, periodic cleaning, protective coatings)
- Deterioration mechanisms
- Conservation treatments (development of conservation strategies, analysis of materials, treatment execution, application of new materials and methods)
- Preventive conservation (community involvement, landscaping, relocation)

Abstract submission
If you have an interesting subject that connects to a topic of the 
conference, please consider submitting an abstract, up to 500 words, 
for oral presentation. Include the proposal title, full name and 
institutional affiliation of author(s), email address for the 
corresponding author and his or her bio of no more than 300 words. 
Please send abstracts to The deadline 
for submission is January 31st, 2015.

Submissions will be evaluated by the scientific committee and 
successful proponents notified by March 15th, 2015. Authors of accepted 
proposals will be required to submit a full paper for presentation. The 
papers will be reviewed in a double-blind peer review process and 
published electronically in an edited post-conference publication under 
an ISBN. Conference organizers will make every effort to publish the 
proceedings in a book form.


The official language of the conference is English.

Important notice
If the abstract does not provide a clear enough summary of the proposed 
paper, the author can be asked to submit an extended abstract.

Please make sure that your document is spell checked and proofread 
before submission, as the accepted abstracts will be published in the 
Conference Abstract Book. Non-English speakers should ensure that they 
have the manuscript proof read by a native speaker.

Dates to remember
Deadline for abstracts: January 31st, 2015
Notification of outcome: March 15th, 2015
Deadline for full paper: July 1st, 2015
Conference: September 14-16, 2015

The three-day conference will provide opportunities for attendees to 
take part in practical and theoretical workshops, and will include 
tours of sculpture parks in Sisak and Zagreb. The detailed conference 
program and further information about fees and registration will be 
posted at the end of March 2015.

Organizing Committee
Sagita Mirjam Sunara, Arts Academy, University of Split, Croatia
Mirta Pavic, MA, Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb, Croatia
Friederike Waentig, Ph.D, Cologne Institute of Conservation Sciences, 
University of Applied Sciences Cologne, Germany

International Scientific Committee (in alphabetical order)
Claudia Bortolussi, Ph.D, Siltea srl, Italy
Mirta Pavic, MA, Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb, Croatia
Rachel Rivenc, Ph.D, Getty Conservation Institute, USA
Sagita Mirjam Sunara, Arts Academy, University of Split, Croatia
Andrew Thorn, Artcare, Australia
Friederike Waentig, Ph.D, Cologne Institute of Conservation Sciences, 
University of Applied Sciences Cologne, Germany

Local Organizing Committee (in alphabetical order)
Vlatko Cakširan, M.Sc., City Museum Sisak, Croatia
Natalija Dolic, Ph.D, Faculty of Metallurgy, University of Zagreb, 
Ivana Miletic Cakširan, Conservation Department Sisak, Ministry of 
Culture of the Republic of Croatia, Croatia
Mirta Pavic, MA, Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb, Croatia
Sagita Mirjam Sunara, Arts Academy, University of Split, Croatia
Alma Trauber, City Gallery Striegl, Croatia

Why Sisak?
The City of Sisak has been chosen as the location for the conference 
because of its unique sculpture park, which consists of thirty-eight 
public sculptures created between 1971 and 1990 by prominent 
ex-Yugoslav sculptors who participated in the Art Colony "Željezara 
Sisak" [Sisak Ironworks]. Equally important is the fact that 2015 is 
designated as European Industrial and Technical Heritage Year, and 
Sisak Sculpture Park is an important part of Croatia's industrial 

Sisak is well connected to Croatia's capital, Zagreb. Regular bus 
service connects Zagreb International Airport to the Zagreb Central Bus 
Station. From there, buses drive to Sisak every hour. The distance 
between the two cities is 60 km.

Contact (general, abstract submission):
                 Ph.D. in Technologies for the Exploitation
                 of the Built Heritage .
                 Senior Lecturer in the Dept. of Architecture

                 College of Engineering , University of Mosul 
                 Mosul - Iraq .

Web Site:
Tel :           +964 (0)770 164 93 74