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Together with the Amsterdam School for Heritage, Memory and Material Culture (AHM) at the University of Amsterdam and Nyenrode Business University, Art/Switch will organize the international conference '[re]Framing the Arts: A Sustainable Shift' on 30-31 October 2020.

In 2020, art institutions and professionals are just beginning to wake up to their role in contributing to climate change. Accompanying are guidelines and papers from museum associations and NGOs, for instance Resolution No. 1 'On sustainability and the implementation of Agenda 2030, Transforming our World' adopted by ICOM’s 34th General Assembly in 2019. However, the pressing issue of environmental sustainability is still greatly missing from major sectors of the art market, including art transport, storage, insurance, as well as the commercial art flow.

In line with the urgent call for action established by the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals in 2015, this conference aims to open up an interdisciplinary space for practitioners and academics in order to connect debates, enhance networks and initiate an international platform for the field of sustainability in the arts.

Academics, researchers, designers and art professionals – e.g., curators, art handlers, gallery directors, collection managers, architects, art insurers, shipping coordinators, operation managers, heads of sales, fair coordinators – are invited to submit a short bio and abstract (250 words) for an oral presentation (20 minutes average) at info@artswitch.org by 20 April 2020.