Hélia Marçal

Helia Marçal

Full name: Hélia Pereira Marçal
Quoting name: Hélia Marçal
Professional Category: Researcher; Fellow in Contemporary Art Conservation and Research of the Andrew W. Mellon-funded research project “Reshaping the Collectible: When Artworks Live in the Museum”, Tate
Position(s) within IHA: RG Member [Museum Studies]
Contact: h.marcal@campus.fct.unl.pt
CIÊNCIA ID: 771B-1C88-AC94
ORCiD: 0000-0002-0476-5233
Scopus ID: 57194264893



Helia Marcal is a conservator, art researcher, and theorist. She has been awarded a European Doctorate in Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage from NOVA University (2018). Her PhD project versed on the conservation and display of performance and time-based media artworks. Through the lens of new materialism and agential realism, she has proposed an integrated approach to the conservation of performance artworks entangled with public policy and politics of participation. Marcal has been lecturing since 2013, mainly in Lisbon. Her recent activity as a lecturer and course leader includes two Intensive Courses and teaching of postgraduate and undergraduate courses and seminars. She has lectured on performance art and its onto-epistemologies, on artworks as material-discursive practices, archives of performance, performance and time-based media conservation, and conservation theory and history. Helia has published about conservation theory and ethics, embodied memories and the body-archive, archives and the impermanence of memory, and public policies of participation and stewardship of cultural heritage, both tangible and intangible. Her manuscripts have been published in journals such as the Journal of the Institute of Conservation, Museum Management and Curatorship, Conservar Patrimonio, Heritage Futures, and Performance Research. She has also been publishing her texts in relevant conference proceedings (e.g. ICOM-CC Triennials), or as book chapters, and has also co-edited two volumes and a special issue on Portuguese Performance Art. In the last year, she has been working on her book project, which is set to be published by the end of 2021. Helia’s research activities also include direct and frequent involvement in international research projects and committees. She has recently moved to London to take the position as the Fellow in Contemporary Art Conservation and Research of the Andrew W. Mellon-funded research project “Reshaping the Collectible: When Artworks Live in the Museum” at Tate. Cumulatively to this position, Helia is also the Coordinator of the Working Group on Theory, History, and Ethics of Conservation from ICOM-CC (Committee for Conservation), and a Fractional Teaching Fellow at the University College London, teaching the course ‘Methodologies of Making’ in the Department of History of Art.

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TL – Thematic Line
RG – Research Group
PI – Principal Investigator