2019 NZCCM National Conference

Quick Links

  • submit a abstract (deadline Friday 28th June 2019)
  • register as a delegate (early bird registration opens July/August 2019)

Modern and Contemporary Materials: Research, Treatment, and Practice.

Date: 23rd – 25th of October 2019
Venue: Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū

Have you been working with unusual or contemporary materials? Or perhaps been using new techniques or technology to solve old problems?

This year at the NCZZM 2019 National Conference we welcome discussion on the current challenges in dealing with modern and contemporary materials as well as new and innovative approaches to the conservation, documentation, storage, and display of cultural heritage. This is an opportunity to share your experiences and research on subjects such as:

  • Preventative and practical conservation, installation, documentation, transit, and storage of modern and contemporary materials, including plastics, Time-Based Art, works with electrical components, multi-media objects
  • Practical use of new or updated techniques, such as gels and cleaning of acrylic surfaces
  • Use of new technology for things such as condition reporting, treatment, and documentation, and the use of other technology from outside the heritage sector
  • How you are incorporating sustainable environmental practise in to your work
  • The promotion of conservation within your workplaces, the heritage sector and more widely
  • Reporting on recently attended professional conferences, workshops or seminars
  • How you are working with artists and makers to better understand and care for their artworks

In addition to 20-minute presentations, we also welcome 5-minute lightening talks. Other types of submission may also be incorporated into the conference programme, such as panel discussions, practical workshops or demonstrations. If you have any other related topics you would like to suggest please do get in touch.

The conference will comprise of two days of presentations at Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū followed by a day of tours and workshops (details to be confirmed).

How to submit an abstract:

For all submissions please download and complete the form and email it to: Deadline for submission of abstracts is Friday 28th June 2019.

Important dates:

  • The deadline for submission of abstract:  Friday 28th June 2019
  • Notification of acceptance:  end of July 2019
  • Registrations: Early Bird registrations from the end of July


If you have any questions, would like to take part in a panel discussion, or have any further suggestions please contact Eliza Penrose, Organising Committee Member using the contact form below..