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Textile Special Interest Group Symposium 2024: Culture Cloth Connection

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Textile Special Interest Group Symposium 2024: Culture Cloth Connection

26 Jun 2024 – 28 Jun 2024


Location: NGV: International, Naarm/Melbourne Australia

Registrations for the 2024 AICCM Textile Special Interest Group Symposium are now open.

The TSIG Symposium is an opportunity for Australian and International textile conservators to get together, share knowledge and make new connections. The three days will be held at the NGV: International and will be chock full of interesting content which includes:

  • 16 twenty-minute presentations and 6 lightening talks with content divided into themes of history, mounting, analysis, remedial treatments and storage of textiles

  • Special guest speaker Kirsten Lyttle: “Feathers, Fibers and Pixels: The Story of making a Digital Māori Cloak called Kahu Whakaahua”

  • Special guest speakers Mitch Mahoney and Kerri Clarke

  • NGV curators of Fashion and Textiles Danielle Whitfield and Charlotte Botica will present a special introductory lecture to Africa Fashion, an exhibition developed by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and presented in partnership with the NGV.  Link to this wonderful exhibition is here: https://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/exhibition/africa-fashion/

  • Tours of new NGV conservation labs with a special presentation on mannequinage (mannequin padding) techniques used by NGV textile conservators and display specialists.

  • A self-guided tour through the Africa Fashion exhibition with the cost of the exhibition being covered by registration fees.

  • The opportunity for two groups of 12 people to tour the new conservation and storage facilities at Arts Centre Melbourne. Tours will run for 45 minutes on Thursday 27th June at either 3.30 or 4.15.  Places on this tour can be booked here and we apologise for the limited numbers that can attend.

Please download the current draft programme here.

Your registration includes all symposium sessions, morning teas (Wednesday-Friday), afternoon teas (Wednesday- Thursday) and a hard copy programme containing symposium abstracts. Attendees will need to bring or purchase their own lunches for the three days as well as afternoon tea on Friday.

Please note that it is essential for all participants including presenters to register.
The conference committee understands that circumstances can change. At any point, prior to the event, you are welcome to contact us to nominate a substitute delegate. Due to catering commitments, refunds will not be possible if you wish to cancel within 14 days of the event.

Registration Fees - outlined on the website here

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(c. 1830-1850s)
Elizabeth SMITH
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Gift of Jocelyn Boardman in memory of Joan Lavender Cumbrae-Stewart (née Francis), a direct descendent of the artist, 2012.



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