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Collecting with Care: Beyond Conservation Workshop

April 30 at 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

Virtual Event Virtual Event

April 30, 2024 9:30 am – 3:30 pm EST
This is an online workshop.

Art galleries and museums are historically mandated to collect, preserve, and exhibit objects. Institutions have taken it upon themselves to be custodians of these objects, and continue to grow their collections. However, collections storage is in a crisis. Institutions are running out of space and resources to properly maintain their collections. Even with optimal conditions for storage, many objects within institutions’ collections are too fragile or precarious to be exhibited. Objects enter the collections with either questionable or biased provenance. Damaged objects, copies, or objects whose provenance is in question, it begs to be asked why do museums collect? How can institutions maintain and grow their collections with care to the physical needs of the object and also to the social needs? This workshop will examine the concept of what it means to ‘collect with care’. Participants from this workshop will learn strategies for caring for the collection they currently have, but will also learn strategies on how they can collect in the future.

MODERATOR/FACILITATOR: Patricia Smithen, Conservator/Assistant Professor, Queen’s University


Kristyn Rolanty, Registrar, Art Gallery of Ontario

Tarah Hogue, Adjunct Curator, Remai Modern

Lisa Steele, Co-founder, Vtape

Kim Tomzcak, Co-founder, Vtape

Anik Glaude, Curator, Varley Art Gallery of Markham

Care Beyond Conservation
When to deaccession items from your collection
Connecting with Community to Objects
Approaches to Exhibition Making

Non-Member/General $275.00
GOG Member/Guelph Museums Member: $175.00
Artists / Independent Art worker $55.00
Student with valid student ID $45.00
Registration is now OPEN.


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