• It stimulates the exchange of experience and knowledge between its members and the various disciplines, as well as between restorers outside the association itself.
  • It manages a private Conservators Register, which provides clarity to clients about the knowledge and experience of the restorer.
  • It endeavors to create strong working relationships with fellow ‘sister’ organizations and having ties with lobby groups or recognized spokespersons close to the government, which can be very useful (e.g. low VAT rates).
  • It aims to build awareness as well as recognition for the ethical codes amongst all restorers in all disciplines.
  • It organizes workshops, seminars and studio visits in order to broaden and deepen the knowledge within this field.
  • It strives towards a virtual ‘think-tank’ where restorers can come together and try to solve specific restoration problems with some insights from all the various disciplines.
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  • Clearly it begins with an elemental respect for the object and the artist who created it. Before embarking upon a restoration, the condition of the object will be appraised by the restorer and should be properly documented.
  • During the course of a restoration, it is necessary to make the most of reversibility in its application and materials. The restorer is also expected to work with the appropriate equipment.
  • The restorer must make clear arrangements with the clients both practically and financially.
  • The restorer must remain abreast of all the newest developments within his/her field and of any improved safety measures and techniques.
  • The restorer must discuss his/her expertise, techniques etc. with colleagues whenever necessary.

N.B.: the full Code of Ethics of A.R.A. Nederland is outlined in the statutes of the association. A.R.A. also endorses the Code of Ethics of ECCO (European Confederation of Conservator-Restorers Organization).

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Erick Douwes, Chairman
Renate Postma, Secretary
Matte Visser, Treasurer
Tim Kemperman, Member of the Board
Jitske van Groenland, Member of the Board
Jos van Extel, Member of the Board

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