The research and training programme New Approaches in the Conservation of Contemporary Art (NACCA) is educating a new generation of professional curators, conservators, and academic researchers who are properly equipped to face challenges in the nexus of arts and culture and other disciplines. The programme is designed by experts from museums, heritage organisations, and universities who have vast experience in the field of contemporary art conservation and conservation research. The programme a combination of research and training apsects, both of which are closely connected and mutually inform one another. It focuses on the development of a reflective professional attitude, a prerequisite in the increasingly complex and collaborative field of contemporary art conservation.

The NACCA programme, coordinated by Maastricht University, is a Marie Curie Innovative Training Network project, funded by the European Union. In total, 15 PhD projects are part of the programme, each investigating different, as yet under-explored aspects of contemporary art conservation.


The following 15 PhD projects are currently carried out:

  • Mapping ‘critical mass’: establishing a framework for ensuring the continuity of installed artwork’s
  • Values and valuation of modern and contemporary visual art: the role of reflective practice
  • The artist’s intent in contemporary art: matter and process in transition
  • The role of conservation sciences in the authentication of modern and contemporary art works
  • Authenticity and reproducibility. Conservation strategies for contemporary photography

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  • Conservation strategies for computer-based artworks
  • Conservation of contemporary art and ethnographic materials: relationships, similarities and differences
  • The exhibition as a conservation tool: examining changes in presentation discourses and practices
  • Artist interviews and artist participation as research tools in conservation practices
  • Audience Participation in Performance-based Art
  • Database for the Documentation of Contemporary Art
  • Contemporary art conservators and curators: roles, collaboration, training and ethics
  • On the artists’ side: bridging the gap between creation and conservation
  • Ownership, information, control and access: a study of practice and ethics
  • Private collections as care-takers