Call for Papers (closed)

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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 walks, sculptural landscape etc.)
  • Planning (collection 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 is connected 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


Download the Call for Papers in PDF format: “SPark” Call for Papers

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