Engaging the Public and Professionals to Network for Rock Art Conservation

Neville Agnew, Janette Deacon, Nicholas Hall, Tom McClintock, Sharon Sullivan, and Paul Taçon, 2018

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In April 2017, the Getty Conservation Institute organized the colloquium, Art on the Rocks in Namibia at the at the World Heritage Site of Twyfelfontein and at the Brandberg as part of its Southern African Rock Art Project.

The purpose was to explore how best to promote the values of rock art conservation and management to audiences beyond professionals and academics, to reach both the public and policy makers in order to build awareness of this endangered global heritage.

Twenty-four notable scholars, site managers, conservators, filmmakers and artists participated in this colloquium, from which two principle ideas emerged: first, that the establishment of an international network of professionals and site managers would improve the exchange of information and resources, and second, harnessing the power of modern media would facilitate dissemination of content of varying levels of complexity and appeal to a broader audience base.

This publication includes an introduction that places this colloquium in the context of the GCI's former rock art projects, abstracts of participant presentations, and a section on outcomes and the future direction.