And after the master's? Some issues regarding the access to the profession of conservator-restorer in Portugal

António João Cruz, Teresa Desterro, "And after the master's? Some issues regarding the access to the profession of conservator-restorer in Portugal", in The Impact of the Conservation-Restoration Education on the Development of the Profession, ENCoRE, Copenhagen, 2020, ISBN 978-87-7830-945-7, pp. 108-124

 

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Abstract In order to contribute to the knowledge concerning problems faced by those who complete a master’s degree in conservation-restoration and intend to enter the labour market, the Portuguese case is presented. Thus, the formative offer and the legislative requirements are introduced as well as a real situation in which the majority of works are treated by those who do not have sufficient education in conservation-restoration. The article also discusses the lack of visibility of conservator-restorers and the image they have as artists when they are recognized. It is argued that this image leads to restoration being considered an activity that is accessible to all, an idea that is fed by numerous short courses; volunteer programmes; and even some undergraduate and graduate courses that do not meet the basic requirements of ENCoRE. Finally, the ways in which a conservator-restorer can enter the labour market as well as the changes that seem to be underway in this field are mentioned.
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