The Art of the Lost: destruction, reconstruction and change

Event Date: 
27 Nov 2019 to 29 Nov 2019


Canterbury Cathedral


This conference will explore and appraise current and developing studies of how art changes, is reused or repurposed, disappears or is rediscovered. It will look at how and why art is defaced, destroyed or is lost within architectural settings, with a particular focus on art within the context of cathedrals, churches or other places of worship. It will consider changing ideologies, iconoclasm, war, fashion and symbolism. It will cover art from the 6th century to the modern day. Original proposals are welcome from professionals, rising and established academic scholars and graduate students. The conference will include a series of presentations and panel discussions, supported by unique and unusual access to the architecture of the Cathedral. Presentations of papers will be 30 minutes in length with time for questions at the end of each session. Proposals should include the presenter’s name, position and institutional affiliation, the paper’s title, an abstract of up to 250 words, a biography of up to 200 words (written in the third person), and a contact e-mail address. Proposals for papers should be emailed to Sarah Turner, Collections Manager and Heather Newton, Head of Conservation by 25th January 2019 at, with the email titled: Art of the Lost Proposal and your proposal title.



Submission date for papers: 
25 Jan 2019