Year of the Dealer Workshop: The Ashmolean Museum

The Ashmolean Museum – Workshop. ‘Art Markets & Museums: Restitution and Repatriation of Cultural Heritage

SATURDAY 15th February 2020 10.30am – 4.00pm. Invitation Only: Limited Numbers (50).

If you would like to participate in this Workshop please email us at outlining why you would like to attend and the experience/expertise you would bring to the Workshop.  There is a free lunch and tea/coffee throughout the day. Travel expenses are not possible unfortunately.

 The workshop will focus on the historical and contemporary issues centered on the role of the art market and museums in the restitution of cultural objects. The workshop theme will be focused upon an expanded historical view of restitution of cultural property and the evolving market, taking into account cultural objects that have been acquired through conflict, looting, theft as well as a result of the historical legacies of Empire and Colonialism.

The workshop will consider key questions, concentrating on the challenges of the restitution and repatriation of cultural property and the potential role that the art market has played, and can play, in this complex phenomenon. Historical, theoretical and practical perspectives will be considered.

The structure of the workshop will be based on an ‘action research’ approach, with collaborative teams of small groups working on specific questions and feeding back to the workshop; facilitators will record and summarise the group discussions.

It is hoped that the results of the workshop could feed into the development of future practice and policy.

Draft Workshop Structure:

10.30am Coffee & Welcome

10.45am Overview of Workshop and Questions to consider

11.00am Group Work

11.45am Feedback from Group Work and Discussion

12.45pm LUNCH for delegates

1.30pm Group Work

2.15pm Feedback from Group Work and Discussion

3.00pm Coffee

3.30pm Final Reflections and Discussion

4.00pm CLOSE