Australia ICOMOS E-Mail News No. 944


  1. [NEW ITEM] ICOMOS GA2020 MARKER EVENT: Wednesday 7 October 2020 – Registration is now open!
  2. [NEW ITEM] South Australian Heritage Council positions (2021-24) – applications open and close 25 September 2020
  3. [NEW ITEM] TJC Special Event: A Tear in the Glass – Nina Stanton’s life journey through the fine and decorative arts, Wednesday 30 September, 10:30am AEST
  4. [NEW ITEM] Association for Preservation Technology HINDSIGHT 2020 conference, ONLINE, 1-7 October 2020
  5. [NEW ITEM] The Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Bill 2020 (WA) – public consultation period closes 9 October
  6. [NEW ITEM] Invitation to participate in research survey
  7. [NEW ITEM] Heritage casual training assessor opportunity
  8. [NEW ITEM] National Trust ACT – MEDIA RELEASE – National Trust ACT calls for Election Heritage Boost
  9. [NEW ITEM] Art Deco from the National Collection: The World Turns Modern, until 8 November at the Hazelhurst Gallery, Sydney
  10. [NEW ITEM] New Book on historical steel reinforcement
  11. [NEW ITEM] “Archaeological World Heritage Sites – Cross-border Conservation, Communication, Cooperation” conference, Germany, 5-6 November 2020
  12. [NEW ITEM] CHNT conference, 4-6 November 2020, ONLINE – early bird until 5 October & other news
  13. [NEW ISSUE] News from AICCM
  14. [NEW ISSUE] Cambridge Heritage Research Centre bulletin
  15. [NEW ISSUE] The Best in Heritage news update









1. [NEW ITEM] ICOMOS GA2020 MARKER EVENT: Wednesday 7 October 2020 – Registration is now open!


The image of the Sydney Opera House is used under licence from the Sydney Opera House Trust


Australia ICOMOS invites our global colleagues to join a special Marker Event to acknowledge the excellent work and wonderful support for the 20th Triennial General Assembly and Scientific Symposium of ICOMOS that could not be hosted in Sydney in 2020.

The GA2020 Marker Event will be held online on Wednesday 7 October 2020 from 8.00pm AEDT (Sydney / Canberra), 11:00am CEST (Paris), 5:00am EDT (New York).

The event will be a live-streamed panel discussion involving the 14 expert co-chairs of the GA2020 Scientific Symposium streams, on the theme of Shared Cultures – Shared Heritage – Shared Responsibility; and will include the launch of a special ‘legacy’ issue of Historic Environment as well as the proposed themes for ICOMOS GA2023.

The event is complimentary and open to members of ICOMOS, colleagues from IUCN, ICCROM and other partner organisations and communities. Attendees will be able to access the event in English, or via simultaneous translation in French and Spanish.

Register here to secure your virtual spot!

For more information on the program and registration visit this link.

For enquiries, please contact the ICOMOS GA2020 Scientific Symposium Co-Chairs; Dr Steve Brown & Dr Ona Vileikis by email.


2. [NEW ITEM] South Australian Heritage Council positions (2021-24) – applications open and close 25 September 2020

The South Australian Heritage Council is formed under the provisions of the SA Heritage Places Act 1993. The Council’s role includes:

  • strategic advice to the Minister responsible for Heritage on heritage related matters
  • an advocacy role around the protection and promotion of our State’s Heritage Places
  • the identification and assessment of nominations to the South Australian Heritage Register and determination of the Place or Object meeting the threshold for entry in the South Australian Heritage Register
  • considering the criteria for State Heritage Area nominations for referral to the Minister for Planning

The application period is now open for South Australian Heritage Council positions for the three year term of 2 April 2021 to 1 April 2024.

To apply you need to provide a short cover letter, your CV and fill in an application form that you can download here.

You are encouraged to read the Member Duty Statement before you apply.

Applications close at 5pm, Friday 25 September 2020.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to call Mr David Hanna, Executive Officer on telephone (08) 8226 2127 during office hours.


3. [NEW ITEM] TJC Special Event: A Tear in the Glass – Nina Stanton’s life journey through the fine and decorative arts, Wednesday 30 September, 10:30am AEST

Join The Johnston Collection (TJC) on Wednesday 30 September at 10:30am for this special presentation by renowned historian, journalist, author and friends of TJC Mary Ryllis Clark. Mary will take her audience behind the scenes of the making of A Tear in the Glass – Nina Stanton’s life journey through the fine and decorative arts in this engaging lecture presented via Zoom.

‘Learning to read objects is like learning to read oneself.’ – Nina Stanton

In 2008, when Nina Stanton, then Director of The Johnston Collection, was diagnosed with terminal cancer, she wrote her memoir linking her life to objects in the Collection. In early 2009, knowing she was running out of time, she asked Mary Ryllis Clark to finish the book by placing the objects in their cultural and social context.

>> more information and bookings


4. [NEW ITEM] Association for Preservation Technology HINDSIGHT 2020 conference, ONLINE, 1-7 October 2020

The Association for Preservation Technology International is the premier cross-disciplinary organisation dedicated to promoting the best technology for conserving historic structures and their setting. While based in the USA and Canada, APT has members in 30 countries, and the APT Australasia Chapter has been in operation since the 1980s.

Originally planned to be held in Edmonton, Canada, this year for the first time ever, the APT annual conference will be held remotely, with all keynote and paper presentations available to conference participants on demand. The additional specialist workshops run over three days, and a two -day symposium on lime, will however only be available live, in the middle of our night. If you have always wanted to take part in an APT conference, but been unable to attend in person, now is your chance!

HINDSIGHT 2020 will explore heritage conservation’s disruptive role in a 21st century defined by resource scarcity, climate change and sustainability. Papers are divided into five tracks: 

  • Picturing the Past: heritage documentation, diagnostics and modelling
  • Materials Conservation for the Future: tradition, sustainability and innovation
  • Climate and Heritage in Crisis: integrating old and new buildings and communities
  • Radical Regeneration: business, policy and adaptation in urban and rural communities
  • New Heritage Imperatives: inclusion, renewal and expanding relevance

For further information and to register for the conference, visit the conference website


5. [NEW ITEM] The Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Bill 2020 (WA) – public consultation period closes 9 October

The Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Bill 2020 is now open for public consultation. This new legislation will replace the outdated Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972, concluding more than two years of consultation with Aboriginal people, industry representatives, heritage professionals and the Western Australian community.

>> more information about the entire review of the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972

>> more information about the final phase

Submissions close Friday 9 October 2020.


6. [NEW ITEM] Invitation to participate in research survey

John Gillen, a Master of Cultural Heritage student at Deakin University, is undertaking research on the extent of use of information communication technologies (ICTs) in field recording of historical heritage in Australia. His research project is titled: “To what extent is the use of ICTs in the field recording for historic heritage places and historical archaeology sites occurring in Australia; and what factors, if any, may be inhibiting the widespread use of them?”

Participation will involve answering 26 questions about your experiences recording historic heritage and historical archaeology as well as using ICTs in the field and will take approximately 15 minutes.

More information (the Plain Language Statement) and the survey itself is available at this link.


7. [NEW ITEM] Heritage casual training assessor opportunity

Transport for NSW are seeking expressions of interest from heritage professionals to be training assessors for a new heritage training course.

New South Wales and other Australian states including Victoria have been experiencing a large volume of work in the construction industry, particularly in the transport sector, which is forecast to continue. A large number of the projects involve work that includes national, state and locally heritage-listed buildings, structures and their surrounds. A number of government agencies in NSW worked together to develop a Heritage Supervision course to provide training for individuals who are involved in works affecting heritage-listed buildings and structures. There is a need to provide this training to people who have a variety of professional backgrounds but no formal understanding of heritage conservation and management. These include personnel within both public and private organisations (project managers, for example) who have decision-making responsibility relating to heritage-listed assets as a regular part of their daily activities, but who may be unaware of legal obligations in relation to heritage assets.

The new heritage training course is owned by Heritage NSW, with Transport for NSW creating course content that will be delivered in an online format.

Assessors must have the following requirements:

  • Current professional heritage experience
  • Certificate IV in Training and Assessment
  • Can be based anywhere in Australia with reliable internet service

If you are interested in being involved or finding out more, even if you don’t yet have the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, then please contact Richard Shorten by email.


8. [NEW ITEM] National Trust ACT – MEDIA RELEASE – National Trust ACT calls for Election Heritage Boost

Australia ICOMOS members may be interested in this example of State/Territory level advocacy by the National Trust regarding heritage matters in the lead-up to the ACT election in October. ACT members will no doubt be interested in the details.

>> click here to read the media release

Australia ICOMOS is committed to the dissemination of relevant cultural heritage information, including this media release.


9. [NEW ITEM] Art Deco from the National Collection: The World Turns Modern, until 8 November at the Hazelhurst Gallery, Sydney

The term was coined during the 1960s: but what precisely is ‘Art Deco’? The answer might seem straightforward – but there are many differing opinions. 

One scholar, Jared Goss, calls it “an umbrella label for the vast range of design and architecture created globally between the First and Second World Wars.” 

Whatever definition we choose, Art Deco certainly made a huge impact in Australia. From the 1920s onward, its influence was felt across architecture, design and the decorative arts.

A new exhibition has arrived in Sydney which gives visitors a glimpse of this exciting period in world history. 

Exhibits include paintings, sculpture, design and photography. With works by Rupert Bunny, Raynor Hoff, Napier Waller, Hilda Rix Nicholas, Thea Proctor and Harold Cazneaux.

One of the highlights is Jean Broome-Norton’s sculpture Woman with Horses (1934). There’s also a Café Australia chair (1916) by Marion Mahony and Walter Burley Griffin – one of only four known examples.

Art Deco from the National Collection: The World Turns Modern is at the Hazelhurst Gallery until 8 November 2020. 

This will be the exhibition’s last stop before it returns to the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra.


10. [NEW ITEM] New Book on historical steel reinforcement

The Steel Reinforcement Institute of Australia has recently published this book: Guide to Historical Steel Reinforcement in Australia.

This new Guide traces the steel reinforcement history in Australia from 1895, covers key projects, developments in the periods and material properties, and will help heritage officers and heritage managers.

For more information, download the Guide to Historical Steel Reinforcement flyer 1 & Guide to Historical Steel Reinforcement flyer 2.

Copies can be ordered from the Steel Reinforcement Institute of Australia website.


11. [NEW ITEM] “Archaeological World Heritage Sites – Cross-border Conservation, Communication, Cooperation” conference, Germany, 5-6 November 2020

On the occasion of the Federal Republic’s six-month Presidency of the Council of the European Union (July-December 2020), this conference, organised by ICOMOS Germany, will focus on archaeological World Heritage sites in Europe, the protection and preservation of which can only be guaranteed by the European states and their neighbours together.

There are currently 46 UNESCO World Heritage sites listed on the territory of the Federal Republic of Germany, 43 of which are World Cultural Heritage sites and three Natural Heritage sites. Eight of these World Heritage sites are cross-border and transnational sites. Hardly any other signatory state to the UNESCO World Heritage Convention has such a high proportion of multinational or transnational World Heritage sites as the Federal Republic of Germany. In particular, among the Cultural Heritage sites of the Federal Republic of Germany inscribed on the UNESCO list over the past decade, there are a number of archaeological World Heritage sites that have re-accentuated the Federal Republic’s World Heritage profile. These are for instance the Frontiers of the Roman Empire (Limes) (2005), the Prehistoric Pile Dwellings around the Alps (2011), the Caves and Ice Age Art in the Swabian Jura (2017), or the Archaeological Border Complex of Hedeby and Danevirke (2018).

For more information about this conference, visit the ICOMOS Germany website.


12. [NEW ITEM] CHNT conference, 4-6 November 2020, ONLINE – early bird until 5 October & other news

Cultural Heritage and New Technologies (CHNT) conference
Artificial Intelligence : New pathways towards cultural heritage
4-6 November 2020

The registration and payment form is now open. Early bird open until 5 October.

The final program will be online soon.

The “Call for posters and apps” is open until 28 September 2020.


13. [NEW ISSUE] News from AICCM

To download the latest newsletter from the Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Material (AICCM), visit this link.


14. [NEW ISSUE] Cambridge Heritage Research Centre bulletin

To read the latest Cambridge Heritage Research Centre bulletin, click on the following link.


15. [NEW ISSUE] The Best in Heritage news update

Click here to read the latest news from The Best in Heritage.




Call for Expressions of Interest – GA2023: deadline 18 September 2020

Australia ICOMOS has been selected to host the 21st Triennial General Assembly and Scientific Symposium of ICOMOS in Sydney in September 2023 (GA2023). Many of the Australia ICOMOS Members who were serving in volunteer roles for GA2020 will continue in the same roles. Where possible other opportunities will be provided to Members of Australia ICOMOS to participate in the General Assembly and its related events.

Expressions of interest are invited from Australia ICOMOS Members to become:

  • Australia ICOMOS Member nominee to the GA2023 Organising Committee
  • GA2023 Social Media Focal Point

These are voluntary positions, which will involve a range of tasks at irregular times, from now until the end of 2023. Successful applicants are expected to attend and register for GA2023, and to cover related personal travel and accommodation costs, but expenses incurred in fulfilling the GA2023 role (eg. travel to Committee meetings) will be reimbursed.

GA2023 will bring together leading cultural heritage professionals from around the world in an engaging program of site visits, functions, workshops and a four-day Scientific Symposium.

Hosting GA2023 in Australia is only possible through significant additional support from the Australian and NSW Governments, the City of Sydney and a committed network of government strategic partners and corporate patrons.

The Australia ICOMOS Member nominee to the GA2023 Organising Committee will:

  • be responsible for considering the perspective of Australia ICOMOS members in relation to GA2023;
  • liaise with the GA2023 Convenor;
  • attend meetings of the GA2020 Organising Committee (approximately 12 meetings 2020-23, online and/or in person in Sydney);
  • take responsibility for oversight of agreed components of the GA2023 program or arrangements;
  • collaborate with Arinex Pty Ltd, the GA2023 Professional Conference Organiser;
  • undertake other related tasks, as necessary.

The GA2023 Social Media Focal Point will:

  • report to the GA2023 Convenor;
  • be a Member of the GA2023 Executive Committee (2 further meetings in 2020, 2 scheduled meetings in 2021, 6 meetings in 2022 and 10 meetings in 2023 – all hosted in Sydney, with online attendance available);
  • be a Member of the GA2020 Marketing Sub-committee (approximately 9 meetings 2020-23, hosted online)
  • develop proposed social media strategies to promote GA2023 to different target audiences;
  • manage GA2023 social media accounts, including seeking, preparing, obtaining approval and posting content;
  • collaborate with Arinex Pty Ltd, the GA2023 Professional Conference Organiser;
  • liaise with the Australia ICOMOS Secretariat and social media officer;
  • facilitate cross-promotion with other organisations;
  • undertake other related tasks, as necessary.


Richard Mackay, GA2023 Convenor by email

Application information

Expressions of interest to be no more than one page and cover:

  • why the applicant seeks to become the Australia ICOMOS Member nominee to the GA2023 Organising Committee, OR GA2023 Social Media Focal Point; and
  • relevant skills and experience.

Applicants may add a short CV (no more than two pages), but this is not essential.

Applications to be sent by 5.00pm, Friday 18 September 2020 to the Australia ICOMOS Secretariat by email.




TJC: Around the World with Kenneth Park lecture, 25 September 2020, 10.30am AEST

The Johnston Collection (TJC) is pleased to announce one more virtual lecture by Kenneth Park presented by The Friends: Around the World with Kenneth Park.

The lecture will be available to all our subscribers, with a special discounted ticket for members of The Friends. If you are not yet a member, you can join here.

The lecture will be held at 10:30am on 25 September 2020. Please note this lecture is ONLY available live and is not recorded. Cost is $5 for Friends members and $10 for non-members.

more information & bookings


AGHS webinar, “Marion’s Garden”, 23 September, 6pm AEST

Australian Garden History Society (AGHS) Sydney branch
invites you to “Marion’s Garden”

Wednesday 23 September, 6pm via Zoom
$10 members; $15 non-members

One of the first women architects in America, Marion Mahony Griffin is better known in Australia as the wife of Walter Burley Griffin, the designer of Canberra. But Marion was a talented woman in her own right – an architect, an artist and a passionate environmentalist who fell in love with the Australian bushland and native Australian flowers.

Download the AGHS Sydney branch – ‘Marion’s Garden’ Webinar flyer for more information.

>> register via this link


Port Arthur Talk, 30 September 2020

The Tasman Peninsula on film: the pioneering cinematography of Dorothy Hallam (with a bit extra!)
presented by James Parker

James Parker will present archival films, with sound, of the Tasman Peninsula in the mid-to-late 20th century, mostly shot by Dorothy (Dof) Hallam. Dof was the first woman to shoot film for the ABC, and is rightly celebrated as a pioneer of the film industry. Dof will be at the talk, and will be interviewed by James.

Now a long-term resident of the Tasman Peninsula and former PAHSMA employee, James Parker worked in the Australian film industry in the heady days of its revival in the 1970s and ‘80s. He sees the documentary “Not Quite Hollywood” as encapsulating his somewhat misspent youth – but he wouldn’t swap it for quids.

When: Wednesday 30 September, 12 noon

Where: Asylum, Port Arthur Historic Site

RSVP NOTE: Attendance by booking only. For bookings phone 1800 659 101 between 10am and 4pm or email Port Arthur Reservations

Physical distancing requirements will be observed at all times.

Download the “The Tasman Peninsula on film” talk flyer.


2020 Online Lecture Series: ‘Understanding World Heritage Interpretation and Presentation’ – next session, 7 October

The preparatory office for the International Centre for Interpretation and Presentation of the World Heritage Sites under the auspices of UNESCO (hereinafter the Centre) is pleased to announce that the preparatory office for the Category 2 Centre, newly approved at the 40th session of the General Conference (2019), was launched in late May under the supervision of the Cultural Heritage Administration (CHA) of the Korean government. The Centre will play a pivotal role in World Heritage interpretation and presentation, which contributes to raising public awareness of the value of World Heritage and the importance of protecting it.

In 2020, the Centre will be holding an online lecture series titled ‘Understanding World Heritage Interpretation and Presentation’, starting on 10 September (next session is on 7 October).

The previous sessions are now available to stream from the YouTube and Facebook links below.

The lectures will be made available to the public via the Cultural Heritage Administration and the Centre Preparatory Office’s YouTube channel and the Facebook page. The lectures and Q&A sessions will be conducted in English and publicly accessible for viewing without prior registration. Videos of the sessions will be uploaded to the YouTube channel and Facebook page after the Live stream to be viewed at any time. The time schedule of lectures will be adjusted according to the local time in the region of the speaker’s residence, and the time will be announced in advance on the preparatory office’s YouTube channel and Facebook page.

Download the World Heritage Interpretation and Presentation Online Lecture Series leaflet for more information.


▶ Cultural Heritage Administration of Korea’s YouTube & Facebook

▶ Preparatory Office for the Centre’s YouTube & Facebook


ICOMOS Webinar Series: Cultural heritage solutions for water challenges – next session, 14 October

The overall aim of the webinar series is to inform water professionals and heritage experts about the Water and Heritage initiative and its activities, which aim at recognition by water managers that water related heritage can contribute significantly toward water challenges. The specific objective of the webinars is to encourage national working groups to be initiated with the longer-term objective to mobilize support to have Water and Heritage discussed at the UN International Water conference to be held in New York in 2023; see the Chair’s Statement of the symposium ‘Water and Culture’ held on February 3 in Tokyo.

Webinar 2: Cooperation between the Water and Cultural Heritage sectors
14 October 2020,12.00-13.30 Central European Time (click here to check your local timings)

For more information all on the sessions, visit this link.

Download the ICOMOS Water Heritage webinars 2020 leaflet.


FUTURE FORUM 2020: Visions for the future of Aboriginal Heritage in Western Australia, Friday 16 October 2020, Fremantle, WA

The Australian Association of Consulting Archaeologists (AACAI), the Anthropological Society of Western Australia (ASWA) and Australia ICOMOS are hosting a one-day forum on ‘Visions for the future of Aboriginal Heritage in Western Australia’.

Date: Friday 16 October 2020
Time: 8am to 5pm (drinks and canapes afterwards until 7.30pm)
Venue: Esplanade Hotel, 46-54 Marine Terrace, Fremantle, Western Australia

Check out the event on Facebook.

Download the WA Aboriginal Heritage Future Forum October 2020 flyer.

Registration Fees*

$160 General Admission
$120 for First Australians
$120 for AACAI/ASWA/AICOMOS Members (current membership)
$120 for Students (with valid student email)

*Registration includes morning tea, lunch & afternoon tea during the forum, and canapes & drinks in evening. A small booking fee by Humanitix will apply. 100% of profits from booking fees will be directed to Indigenous Scholarships.

For bookings visit this link.

Numbers are limited to 200 people (due to current Government restrictions for events/gatherings). Registrations will close on Friday 2 October (unless capacity is reached before then).

Travel subsidies for First Australians based outside of Perth to partially offset the cost of getting to Fremantle are being offered. Amounts will vary depending on distance travelled and the total number of applicants. Travel subsidies can be requested through the Humanitix registration page. If you know of anyone who wants to take up this option, please contact JJ McDermott by email or phone 0458 608 786 for assistance with the booking.

If you are unable to attend the Forum in person but are still interested in participating, please contact JJ McDermott by email or phone 0458 608 786 before Friday 18 September. We are looking into arranging a potential live streaming option over the Zoom platform and need to get numbers as soon as possible.


ADVANCE NOTICE: DESIGN Canberra festival events, 9-29 November 2020

The Festival

Design is in Canberra’s DNA.

Canberra is one of the few designed national capital cities in the world and the local Ngunnawal People’s culture of invention has been in motion for more than 75,000 years. Walter and Marion Griffin’s visionary design a century ago, iconic experimental modernist architecture of the 1950s and 60s, and contemporary and sustainable design developments today, are some of the many ways that Canberra has been – and will always be – a living design laboratory.

From 9-29 November, DESIGN Canberra will experiment with new ideas and expand the most successful programs into new directions in the 2020 festival. Over 150 events, exhibitions, talks, tours, activations, markets, collaborations, artist studios and open homes will once again transform the nation’s capital into a new platform for the best in design. The festival, now in its 7th year, is for all interests and ages and most events are free.

Events planned to date

Paolo Stracchi talk: Designed in Italy, Made in Australia

Tuesday 10 November, 3.30-5.30pm
Building 6, Room C12, University of Canberra, Kirinari Street, Bruce ACT, Australia

Free, bookings essential, via this link (including more information) (PLEASE NOTE BOOKINGS NOT OPEN UNTIL 29 SEPTEMBER)

Harry Seidler (1923–2006) and Pier Luigi Nervi (1891–1978) first met in Paris in 1955 on the construction site of the UNESCO Headquarters, designed by their common friend Marcel Breuer. Seven years later, the two met again, this time in Rome, to study the design for the iconic Australia Square Tower. The success of the iconic Sydney Tower set off a 15 year collaboration that took place between Italy and Australia. From 1963 to 1978, Seidler engaged Nervi for the design of some of his Australian commissions: Australia Square, the MLC Centre, the Theatre Royal lobby, the CTA Business Club and, in Canberra, the TGO Edmund Barton Building.

After the talk, join us for a small reception with refreshments and then an architecture stroll of Seidler’s TGO building at 6pm.


Seidler + Nervi: Walking tour (exterior) of the Edmund Barton Building

Tuesday 10 November, 6-7pm
$35, tickets via this link (including more information) (PLEASE NOTE BOOKINGS NOT OPEN UNTIL 29 SEPTEMBER)
Meet at the corner of Kings Ave and Blackall St, Barton ACT 2600 (Edmund Barton Building)

Discover the unexpected Italian affinities of Harry Seidler’s TGO (Edmund Barton Building 1970-74) with Paolo Stracchi, architectural technology lecturer, University of Sydney, and curator of ‘Designed in Italy, Made in Australia: the Australian work of Pier Luigi Nervi’.

This small group tour will explore the exterior of the building, from publicly-accessible vantage points.

Seidler’s TGO is a valuable resource to help understand Canberra’s architectural and cultural history.

This is a small group architecture tour of the exterior of the Edmund Barton Building, which has been developed by DESIGN Canberra, in line with current COVID-safe restrictions. Numbers are limited and bookings are essential.

Paolo Stracchi will also present a talk about the Seidler-Nervi collaboration prior to the tour, at the University of Canberra.


Designed in Italy, Made in Australia: the Australian work of Pier Luigi Nervi

9-29 November, Monday-Friday, 10.30am-4.30pm
Mura Gadi Gallery, University of Canberra Library, Building 8, Bruce ACT, Australia

Through a series of original work and new documentation, the exhibition will, for the first time, showcase the comprehensive work developed during the 60s and 70s by the world-famous Italian engineer and his office in Rome for Harry Seidler.

Pier Luigi Nervi (1891–1979) was a structural engineer but also a revolutionary Italian master builder, architect and artist, who forged, through the invention of the Sistema Nervi – Nervi System – a new structural aesthetic for modern architecture. His pioneering system was adopted all around the world to build some of his most famous buildings: the Rome Olympic Palasports, the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption in San Francisco, the Field House at Dartmouth College in the USA, and many others.

In Australia, the Sistema Nervi was for the first time adopted with the construction of the Australia Square Tower, designed by Harry Seidler. The success of the famous circular tower led to a fruitful collaboration that lasted for more than 15 years.

The exhibition will shed light on unexpected affinities between the Italian and Australian construction industries, Roman and Milanese precedents used in modern Sydney, and an unlikely connection between an Italian factory and a revered Australian skyscraper. This exhibition will pay tribute to the two men and their shared Australian legacy, casting light on its unexpected Italian affinities and celebrating it into the future.

Curated by Paolo Stracchi (architectural technology lecturer, University of Sydney).


George Eliot and Middlemarch lecture – buy a ticket and watch anytime until 31 December

The Johnston Collection is thrilled to bring you a new offering from their virtual programming series presented by The Friends – an online lecture by Susannah Fullerton.

This lecture is available to all their subscribers, with a special discounted ticket for members of The Friends. If you are not yet a member, you can join here.

George Eliot and Middlemarch will be available for ticket holders to watch at any time until 31 December 2020. Information on how to access the lecture will be on your ticket.

Why is Middlemarch considered so brilliant? How does George Eliot weave into a unified whole four very different plot-lines? What does this superb novel tell us about Victorian England, and about human nature? Get to know this rich novel through this engaging lecture.




2020 Congress ‘Practices and Challenges in Built Heritage Conservation’, Edinburgh, 2-6 November 2020 – grants available, various deadlines

IIC 28th Biennial Congress: Current practices and challenges in built heritage conservation

The organisers of this congress (the International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works IIC) hope to encourage attendance from conservators and cultural heritage professionals from all over the world and for those who are at different stages of their career including students and early career professionals.

The various grant and bursary programs are summarised below. For more detailed information visit the IIC Congress website.


Getty Foundation Attendance Grants
Thanks to the generosity of the Getty Foundation, IIC are pleased to be able to offer 30 grants to enable practicing conservators to participate in this year’s Congress online. Deadline for applications is 25 September 2020.

Tru Vue
Thanks to the generosity of Tru Vue, we will be offering a number of funded places for non-members to attend online – whatever your location or employment circumstances. Deadline for applications is 15 October 2020.

The Brommelle Memorial Fund
This fund was established in 1990 in memory of Norman Brommelle, who was Secretary-General of IIC between 1958 and 1988. The fund is used to provide assistance for students of conservation who wish to attend the Institute’s international congresses. The Fund will normally provide support towards 100% of the registration fee for participating in the Congress online. Deadline for applications is 15 October 2020.




Call for applications: Master in “World Heritage and Cultural Projects for Development”, November 2020 to November 2021, blended delivery (online/Italy) – deadline: 27 September 2020

The call for applications for the new edition of the Master in “World Heritage and Cultural Projects for Development”, offered by the University of Turin, the Polytechnic of Turin and the International Training Centre of the ILO, in collaboration with the UNESCO World Heritage Centre and ICCROM (International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property), is now open.

The programme is intended for professionals involved in the management of World Heritage properties and/or professionals and specialists involved in the preservation or promotion of cultural heritage.

For more information, visit the course website.

Applications close 27 September 2020.


Australian Heritage Council – Expressions of Interest for 2021 Vacancies: deadline for EOI is 1 October

The Hon Sussan Ley MP, Minister for the Environment, is seeking to appoint new members to the Australian Heritage Council (Council) to fill anticipated vacancies from March 2021 in accordance with the Australian Heritage Council Act 2003.

The Council plays an important role in the Australian Government’s protection of natural, cultural and Indigenous heritage by providing independent advice to the Minister for the Environment on the assessment, listing and promotion of National and Commonwealth heritage places.

Appointments are made by the Minister under the Australian Heritage Council Act 2003. Under the Act, in appointing members, the Minister must ensure that:

• 2 of them have substantial experience or expertise concerning natural heritage; and
• 2 of them have substantial experience or expertise concerning historic heritage; and
• 2 of them are Indigenous persons with substantial experience or expertise concerning Indigenous heritage, at least one of whom represents the interests of Indigenous people.

Expressions of interest are invited for appointment to the Council as an expert in Indigenous or historic heritage. Successful applicants will be highly collaborative and have significant standing in the relevant field.

For more information, visit this link.

The deadline for EOIs is 1 October.


REMINDER: 2020 Call for Proposals: Shared Cultural Heritage & Shared Underwater Heritage – deadline 1 October 2020

The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Canberra, Australia, invites project proposals for Shared Cultural Heritage projects starting in 2020 that focus on:

1) Australian-Dutch Cultural Heritage
2) Australian-Dutch Underwater Cultural Heritage

Both Calls for Proposals can be found at the Kingdom of the Netherlands website.

The final deadline for applications is 1 October 2020.


NUS (Singapore) post-graduate programs in Architectural Conservation – applications close 2 October

The National University of Singapore (NUS) has some new programs – an MA in Architectural Conservation and Graduate Diploma in Architectural Conservation.

Download the course brochure for more information; also visit the National University of Singapore website.

Apply by 2 October for the January 2021 intake.


UK | Australia Season 2021-2022: Australia-based applications open, deadline extended to 5 October 2020

Australia-based arts organisations and individuals are invited to submit project proposals for inclusion in the UK | Australia Season 2021-22.

The UK | Australia Season 2021-22 will celebrate and strengthen the partnership between Australia and the UK.

The Season is a joint initiative by the British Council and the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to strengthen and build cultural connections. This will be the first time the Australian Government and the British Council have collaborated on a reciprocal Season, which will take place from August 2021 to March 2022.

Under the theme ‘Who are we now?’ and particularly in light of the COVID pandemic, the Season will reflect on both nations’ shared history and culture. The Season will explore the UK and Australia’s current relationship, and imagine our future by bringing together artists, universities, and civil society leaders from both countries in a diverse and inclusive way.

The Australian program will take place in the UK from August to November 2021, and the UK program in Australia from September 2021 to March 2022.

The Season is inviting participation from across the Australian creative sector. Projects across all art forms are welcome to apply. A welcoming and supportive environment for First Nations participants is central to the Season.

Funding opportunities available
Australian organisations applying for inclusion in UK | Australia Season will have the opportunity to also apply for grant support in two ways:

1. The British Council’s UK | Australia Season Grant

The UK | Australia Season is supported by the British Council Board of Patrons, which includes UK and Australian representatives and is chaired jointly by Sir Lloyd Dorfman CBE and David Gonski AC.

Australian projects to be presented in the UK can bid for up to AUD $40,000 under the UK | Australia Season Grant. Please note this grant is only available to organisations.

Organisations can apply for this grant during the application process on the Australia-based applications page on the British Council website.

2. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grants Program (ACDGP)

UPDATE: Information relating to the ACDGP is now available from DFAT. Australian individuals and organisations can apply for grants of up to $60,000 AUD. ACDGP applications must be made via the SmartyGrants portal by Monday 5 October 2pm AEST. A reminder that organisations are also eligible to bid for up to $40,000 AUD as part of the UK/Australia Season Grant (see above).

Australian applications for the Season are now open until 2pm Monday 5 October 2020.

UPDATE: Webinar audio available on line
A webinar for Australia-based arts organisations and individuals looking to find out more about the Season recently took place. The panel included representatives from the Australian High Commission in the UK, DFAT and British Council Australia, who shared key information around the Season concept, funding opportunities and eligibility criteria. There was also an extensive Q&A session for live participants. Audio of the webinar is now available to listen to on Youtube (audio commences at 8:03).

Find out more
Twitter: @AusHouseLondon and @AuBritish

Facebook: Australian High Commission UK and British Council Australia

Please use #UKAUSeason where appropriate, we would love to share content posted by our colleagues across the sector where possible.




[NEW] SITUATION VACANT ‘Activating Heritage’ Project Manager, Heritage South Australia

The ‘Activating Heritage’ Project Manager is responsible for delivering projects relating to the strategic activation and management of Government-owned heritage places. The role will be responsible for managing complex relationships across government and with external stakeholders, balancing commercial and community interests through consultation and negotiation, and delivering individual projects from beginning to end. The role requires strong commercial acumen, regulatory responsibility and project management expertise.

Contract Length: Up to 12 months.

Special Conditions

  • A current National Police Certificate will be required if successful
  • Some out of hours work may be required
  • A current driver’s license and willingness to drive is essential
  • May be required to participate in fire management and associated duties

ASO6 – $92,784 min per annum up to $98,143 max per annum

Beverley Voigt, Manager, Heritage South Australia | 0427 424 626 | email Beverley 

Application Instructions
All applications to be submitted online. Applicants to submit a CV and letter of application (max 3 pages) addressing the competency elements outlined in the Role Description.

Applications close: 6:00pm, 26 September 2020.

For further information visit this link.


[NEW] SITUATION VACANT Associate Director (Built Heritage), Urbis, Melbourne

Urbis is a market-leading firm with the goal of shaping the cities and communities of Australia for a better future. Drawing together a network of the brightest minds, Urbis consists of practice experts, working collaboratively to deliver fresh thinking and independent advice and guidance – all backed up by real, evidence-based solutions.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an Associate Director to be part of Victoria’s premier planning team, focused on building our built heritage offering in Victoria as a priority, followed by archaeology. We are looking for an enthusiastic, commercial, proactive and experienced heritage consultant or heritage architect to build our new Melbourne Heritage team, supported by our highly experienced and successful Melbourne Directors and a market leading National Heritage team in Sydney and Brisbane. 

If you are an enthusiastic candidate, with the desire to become part of a driven and highly professional team, click on “Apply for this job” via the following link.

For any questions please contact us at this email address.


SITUATION VACANT Archaeologist – Kingston and Arthur’s Vale Historic Area, Norfolk Island

The Norfolk Island and Mainland Territories Branch (Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development) is responsible for the social and economic well-being of the almost 1800 people who live on Norfolk Island, which includes the responsible management of Australian Government assets and ensuring residents have access to services comparable to those in regional communities on mainland Australia and other external Australian territories.

Kingston and Arthur’s Vale Historic Area (KAVHA)

The Kingston and Arthur’s Vale Historic Area (KAVHA) is a World Heritage site located on Norfolk Island. It is one of Australia’s most interesting and important heritage sites and recognised for being among the best surviving examples of large-scale convict transportation and colonial expansion of European powers and is one of eleven sites that make up the Australian Convict Sites World Heritage Property. KAVHA is also the island’s most important tourism attraction and central to the life, identity and culture of the 1800 residents of Norfolk Island.

The opportunity

The Branch is looking for an enthusiastic and outcomes-focused site archaeologist to support the Commonwealth Heritage Manager on Norfolk Island to manage, protect and further research the Outstanding Universal Values of the Kingston and Arthur’s Vale Historic Area (KAVHA). As the position is based on Norfolk Island the occupant will need to demonstrate a high level of self-motivation, self-reliance and the ability to operate in a dynamic, remote environment. The successful candidate will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills and a proven background in planning and conducting archaeological investigations, designing research methodologies (including using non-invasive techniques), field work and preparing high-quality reports. Familiarity with non-invasive archaeological techniques is also advantageous. As KAVHA is the primary focus of Norfolk Island tourism, previous experience in developing site interpretation materials, including brochures, signs and digital publishing material, would also be an advantage.

Although substantially owned by the Commonwealth, management of the site requires close collaboration and support from the Norfolk Island community, landholders and the Norfolk Island Regional Council.

This a fantastic opportunity to be part of a small team that can make a lasting contribution to the Norfolk Island community by increasing the understanding of Norfolk Island’s Polynesian, colonial and Pitcairn settlement histories.

For more information, visit this link.

Applications close 11.59pm AEST, Monday 21 September 2020.


SITUATION WANTED Master of Archaeological Science student seeks heritage conservation experience

Elisa is currently undertaking an Master of Archaeological Science at the Australian National University. She is looking for opportunities to intern and/or do other work experience in heritage conservation.

More information (and Elisa’s contact) is available in the Elisa Scorsini EOI.




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