The Conservation of Material Culture in Tropical Climates: the 3rd APTCCARN Meeting in 2012

การอนุรักษ์วัสดุทางวัฒนธรรมในภูมิอากาศแบบร้อนชื้น: การประชุม APTCCARN ครั้งที่ 3 ประจำปี 2012

'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. Co-organised by the Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation (University of Melbourne, Australia) and Silpakorn University in Thailand under the APTCCARN (Asia Pacific Twentieth Century Conservation Art Network), the program bought together international experts engaged with the conservation of material culture in hot, humid climates to this event in Thailand. The program disseminated recent findings coordinated under the larger strategic agenda of APTCCARN ( and engaged a broader audience to its activities and future programs.

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 3rd APTCCARN Meeting was delivered at Silpakorn University's Nakhon Pathom Campus where the Faculty of Fine Arts, Materials Research Centre for Art and Design, and Silpakorn University's Arts Centre are located. The program included formal papers based on the APTCCARN research platforms and artist- conservator panel discussions presented in a Symposium context, together with practicum visits to the Art Centre, artists studios and both artists paint manufacturers to engage participants in the issues informing material behaviour in tropical climates and their methods of production.

2012 Conference Themes:

  • Artists Materials and Materiality
  • Conservation Practice
  • Communicating Conservation

Subject to acceptance by referees, the oral presentations will be published in a peer reviewed conference post prints. More information is available on the Publication page.

This Meeting was co-organised by:

  • Associate Professor Supanee Chayabutra, Materials Research Institute of Art and Design, and Dr Klangpol Kamolchote, Director, Academic Affairs, 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.'

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