Icomos 2015 Fabric Conference, Adelaide



Fabric Conference 


Australia ICOMOS’s national conference will be held in Adelaide from 5 to 8 November 2015. The conference is about Fabric – The Threads of Conservation. Fabric can be the tangible and the intangible elements of a site, building, area or landscape, which have significance to our society and therefore form part of our evolving culture.

Based on previous Australia ICOMOS conferences, Fabric will attract up to 300 professional Australian and international delegates. Renowned keynote speakers will stimulate discussion and share experiences and perspectives on the theme of Fabric.

Fabric is a forum to gather and debate the issues associated with the conservation of heritage fabric. Issues include: understanding and stewardship of traditional and technical conservation skills, engaging communities in conservation, advancing conservation knowledge, exploring new technologies, and fostering of training opportunities for the future conservation and interpretation of heritage fabric.

By understanding the skills and knowledge of the past, and developing the technologies of the future, Fabric will provide an opportunity for advancing conservation standards in Australia.


The conference will be held in Adelaide, South Australia. There will be two days of paper and keynote presentations and a day of field trips. There is a unique opportunity to present some papers in the field.

The Australia ICOMOS Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday afternoon, 5 November 2015, prior to the Welcome Reception on Thursday evening. The National Wine Centre will host the Friday 6 November conference opening, keynote speakers, and formal paper and snapshot presentations. An emerging professionals and mentoring event will be held at the Art Gallery of South Australia on the Friday night.

Field trips are planned on Saturday 7 November to several locations around Adelaide, where you can hear more about hands-on conservation. There is an opportunity to present some of the conference formal papers and snapshots in the field. The Saturday night conference dinner will be held in the Mortlock Chamber of the State Library of South Australia, an impressive 1873 three-tiered library space.

The third day of the conference will include keynote and paper presentations and be held at Tandanya, National Aboriginal Art Gallery. The conference will conclude with a panel session around 3:30pm.

A post conference tour is being planned. A two-day trades workshop will precede the conference, which will be open to limited numbers of trades-persons and ICOMOS members.



  • Social fabric: Sustaining memory; Intangible values; Engaging communities
  • Fabric and place: Understanding significance embedded in places, landscapes and sites
  • Conserving fabric: Developing skills; Advancing technologies; Sustaining practice


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