Our goals:

The main objective of the Committee is to promote international co-operation in the identification, protection and conservation of Mural Paintings, among other, by:
– Stimulating international interest in painted cultural heritage, and its conservation, among government and private institutions, art historians, conservationists and the general public;
– Establishing links on the one hand between art historians, archaeologists, and conservationists, and on the other hand researchers, experts, training institutions and research institutions working in the field of Mural Paintings;
– Promoting the systematic inventorying and documentation of the Mural Painting Cultural Heritage;
– Initiating and co-ordinating applied research activities in the field of Mural Paintings and their conservation;
– The sharing of experience and expertise in the conservation and management of Mural Paintings Heritage.


Le principal objectif du Comité est de promouvoir la coopération internationale pour l’identification, la protection et la conservation des peintures murales:
– en stimulant l’intérêt international pour le patrimoine culturel peint et sa conservation, parmi les gouvernements et les institutions privées, les historiens d’art, les conservateurs et le grand public;
– en établissant des liens d’une part entre historiens de l’art, archéologues et conservateurs et d’autre part chercheurs, experts, institutions de formation et de recherche travaillant dans le domaine des Peintures Murales;
– promouvoir l’inventaire systématique et la documentation sur le patrimoine culturel des peintures murales,
– lancer et coordonner des activités de recherche appliquées dans le domaine des peintures murales et leur conservation ;
– Le partage d’expérience et expertise dans la conservation et la gestion de patrimoine des Peintures Murales.




Article 1 – Reestablishment

The International ICOMOS Scientific Committee on Wall Painting Conservation, hereafter referred to as “the Committee”, is established in accordance with article 14 of the ICOMOS Statutes, adopted by the 5th General Assembly, and to Eger-Xi’an Principles for the International (Scientific) Committees of ICOMOS, adopted by the 15th General Assembly of ICOMOS. The new statutes of 2009, which follow drawn up according to the 16th General Assembly of ICOMOS in Quebec, and to the meeting on 28 September 2008 ICOMOS Executive Committee’s decision to re-establish a new committee. During the ISC meeting on 28-30 May 2010 in Florence, it was decided that the name of the ISC “Mural Painting” was more accurate for this International Committee than Wall Painting. This proposal was submitted to vote and consequently the ISC will be named ISC Mural Painting

Article 2 – Aim

The aim of the committee – consistent with the aims of ICOMOS international cooperation – is to promote international cooperation in the field of Conservation and Restoration of Mural Paintings, to have a forum for furthering scientific interest within the framework of ICOMOS.

Article 3 – Activities

The activities of the Committee in the field of Mural Paintings conservation and restoration shall be conducted in accordance with the goals and objectives of ICOMOS, the MPISC program and include:

  • Primarily establish international and regional links, between conservators-restorers, specialized in mural paintings, working on field with valuable worksite-experience, and on the other hand as associated professionals: art historians, archaeologists, architects, researchers, other experts, working in the field of Mural Paintings, all over the world.
  • Stimulate of international interest in Mural painted cultural heritage and Mural Painting restoration and conservation among government and private institutions, conservators, independent Specialists, art historians specialized in Mural painting and the general public.
  • Initiate and co-ordinate sharing of knowledge in applied research activities in the field of Mural Paintings and their conservation. Develop the sharing of experience and expertise in the conservation and management of Mural Paintings heritage.
  • Systematic inventorying and documentation of the Mural Painting cultural heritage.
  • Database and intensify preventive actions of the cultural heritage sites with Mural Paintings on Risk.
  • Improve visibility of Mural Painting in tourist areas, offering a system of professional evaluation, with the state of conservation.
  • to cooperate with other ICOMOS Scientific committees and scientific units interested in Mural Painting Conservation, such as ICCROM.
  • The Committee is creating own website and news.
  • May prepare, doctrinal texts regarding Mural Painting Conservation-Restoration
  • Create a network service of experts on restoration’s worksite consulting.
  • May include the organization of meetings, conferences, worksite visits, workshops, study-worksites with students or colleagues, and the preparation of publications (printed or electronic) and other activities.
  • The Committee may undertake regional activities, with its Regional Working Groups. (five world regions, Africa, Asia, America, Arab states, Europe, – Committees) The regional Committees shall be conducted in accordance with the goals and objectives of the International SCMP, but can adopt criteria for participation and special territorial adaptations to their operation. (Regional Committee statutes)

Article 4 – Members

  1. The membership is open to ICOMOS members with specific competences in the area of mural painting conservation and restoration, with relevant professional background and substantial worksite experience (each category with different minimum Criteria).
  1. The Committee will carefully review each application / request for membership and applicant will only be accepted in well-founded cases.
  • The applicant has to apply in a “motivation letter” addressed to the ISCMP president, indicating the reason of her/his application, her/his interest in a special field in Conservation Restoration of Mural Painting, on the recommendation of two colleagues of the Committee, or the president of her/his National Committee.
  • The application must be supplemented by a CV (Curriculum Vitae), with personal data, education and working details, and a personal photo, and photo of recent ICOMOS card.
  • The applicant must be inform her/his National Committee, to send a copy of the application documents for information to the applicant’s NC, and a signed copy by her/his NC’s president to the MPISC Secretariat.
  • Nomination and Applications relating to all categories of membership can be submitted at any time, and the Board of the Committee shall have deal with it at least twice a year. (once during the general Annual meeting of the Committee) The Board will evaluate the merits of applicants based on the CV and references provided and they must meet criteria and requirements of membership in Article 4. A/3, B/2. As a result, the Board will provide a final recommendation on acceptance to the committee.
  • Every expert members of the Committee have right to vote relating to the applications.
  • In a positive case the new applicant has to be Associate for the first term, during that the MPISC verify the individual competence and expertise of the applicant, who has to demonstrate her/his deep interest and participation before to upgraded Expert Member.
  • The selected applicant has right to participate of the work and meetings of the Committee, but has no voting rights.
  1. Membership to the Committee is connected to a professional, ethical engaged behavior. Otherwise, membership may be suspended or terminated.
  1. Members are volunteers; members should not be financially motivated in any direct or indirect form, otherwise, may be suspended or terminated. A member of the Committee can be excluded from the ISCMP if she/he is non responsive for three consecutive years. The executive Bureau takes the decision.
  1. The categories of members will consist of the following, each with specific criteria rights and responsibilities
  1. Expert Members


  1. Experts Members generally nominated by their National Committee of Mural Painting can be self-nominated where none exists the applicant’s National Committee of Mural Painting, or directly invited by the Committee from their Associate members after a three years term. All Expert Members must be ICOMOS members.
  2. The Committee adopts minimum criteria and a transparent and well-understood methodology to assess and verify the individual competence and expertise of applicants as well as to terminate the membership of a given Expert member.

All Expert Members must be ICOMOS members and may remain members so long as they are ICOMOS members and meet the ISC criteria for participation.

  1. To became Expert Member of the Committee, the ISCMP adopted a minimum Criteria to the following conditions

–   MA in Mural Painting Conservation and Restoration. University Degree

  • or BA and ICCROM MPC diploma specialization MP Conservation (if do not have MA)
  • A minimum of ten years of practical-technical restorer-experience, in the field of MP    conservation, and participation in minimum ten MP worksites as chief restorer, and ten case studies involving the restoration-conservation of MP. The cases must have been analyzed by her/him or under her/his direct supervision and have demonstrated a depth of understanding and knowledge to be acknowledged by her/ his peers to be a leader in the field of MP conservation. (the Committee may request confirmations about)
  • a minimum of ten relevant publications in the field of Mural Painting Conservation- restoration. These publications must demonstrate a depth of understanding and expertise acknoweledged by her/his peers.

They will Expert Members after passing the assessment executed by ISCMP.

  1. Expert Members have the right to participate in any aspect of the work of the Committee.
  2. Voting at elections of the ISC bureau as well as on amending the ISC’s statutes will be done by Expert Members designated by the National Committee, restricted to one per state. All National Committee’s President can designate a member among the MPISC Expert Members who has to right to vote at the Committee’s election.
  1. Associate Members


  1. Members of ICOMOS who wish to gain knowledge and built up an expertise in the field of the Mural Painting conservation through active volunteer work may apply to be Associate Member of Committee. There are no numeral limits.
  2. The ISC will select Associate Members from among the applicants. The ISC will strive to

incorporate Associate Members in their work.

  • Related professionals; members showing education, training, knowledge, experience and skills in the field, but not complying with the profiles and requirements of Expert Members items. (Chemist, architects, art historians, and other researchers)
  • New accepted applicants
  • All ISCMP members who wants to take part in the work of the Committee, but does not have enough capacity to offer or does not fully match the goals of the Committee
  1. Associate Members have to right to create different working groups related to their specialization.
  2. Associate Members are conditionally accepted for a period of three years after which time their contribution to the Committee will be evaluated using a transparent and well understood methodology to assess their contribution to the Committee. The Associate member shall then be
  3. Extended for another similar period of time, with a maximum of three such triennial extension, but voluntary, an Associate member of a working group can be for any length of time; or
  4. Upgraded to Expert Member, or
  5. Rejected on the basis of no participation or unsatisfactory performance.
  6. When appropriate, the President of the Committee may ask a National Committee to designate one or more Associate members to help build up the particular expertise in countries where such a need exists.
  7. Associate Members are accorded no voting rights
  1. Non ICOMOS Members

Non ICOMOS Members who can make an important contribution to the Committee may be invited to participate in Committee meetings and activities and will be encouraged to apply for ICOMOS membership.

The Committee trying to help to apply for the ICOMOS membership in countries where they don’t want to hire our members.

  1. Institutional Members

When in the interest of ICOMOS and of MPISC, and at the Committee discretion, the optional category of institutional Membership may be established as follow

  1. Institutional Members shall be institutions, academic programs, whose work and mission are closely aligned to those of the Committee
  2. Acceptance of an Institutional Member shall be through ballots from Expert Members
  3. Institutional Membership will be valid for one triennium, and may be renewed indefinitely for additional three year periods
  4. An Institutional Member may designate from its staff one person, with the required qualifications to be its representative and spokesperson in the Committee. The Committee may accept that individual as a regular member, but has right to vote only on a subject that concerns the Institute
  1. Honorary Members.

Honorary Members may be proposed for election by Expert Members of the Committee, Honorary Members may participate in all activities of the Committee, except final elections but they may participate in the nomination procedure. Honorary member do not have to be ICOMOS member. Honorary Members may use the title of “Honorary Member, ICOMOS Mural Painting Committee”.

  1. Institutional Partnership
  2. The Committee may enter into temporary or permanent bilateral or multilateral partnership with “no interest” institutions or whose; mission and/or resources may help advance the goals of its work.
  3. Institutional Partnerships shall in no way curb or limit the independence of action and thought of the Committee.
  4. Institutional Partnerships shall require the approval of the majority of the Expert Members.
  1. Young Professionals
  2. It was established – in Florence, during the 18-th GA-, a Young Professionals Working Group to assess the situation and prepare targeted strategies and programs to draw YP members to ICOMOS. The recruitment of young and emerging professionals to attract the next generation of MP Committee ICOMOS members is one of the important element of the ISCMP, thru worksite’s training courses involving university or private partners.

2.    According our 4. A/3, B/2. the young or emerging members shall be associate members.

Article 5 – Bureau

  1. The Bureau shall be elected by the Expert Members with voting rights (Designated Voting members, one / Country) and shall comprise a President, two Vice Presidents, a Secretary, and, three directory Members. Only Expert Members can be elected to the Bureau. The president – or an officer- of a regional Working Group automatically can be part of the Bureau.
  2. The members of the Bureau may normally not serve more than three consecutive periods of office, in the same position. Those terms shall be considered independently from any terms as a member of the Committee.
  3. The Bureau shall meet at least once a year. (Annual Meeting)
  4. The Bureau is responsible for the preparation of the Committee’s meetings. The implementation of the Committee’s decisions, the preparation of the election process and the annual report.
  1. Stabilization of the Committee // The Executive Committee designates the first President of the Committee. After the first such period of up to three years following the Constitution of the Committee, the Expert Members of the Committee shall elect the President. In accordance with Article 12 of the ICOMOS Statutes the President shall be ex-officio member of the ICOMOS Advisory Committee.

The elected President may not serve more than three consecutive terms of office as President. Time spent serving on the Transitional Committee shall not be counted towards term limits. The Committee may also elect Vice President(s) and a Secretary General. (One of) the Vice President(s) will assume the functions of President in hers/his absence. //

  1. Only Designated Expert Members (one by Country) of the Committee can vote.
  2. Election process.
  3. Nomination process. The nomination of the candidates for election of the Bureau can be thru a Nomination calling Form by position (for candidatures). Every members of the Committee can participate in the process (Expert and Associate members) that gives a possibility to all our members to express their views. Every nominated candidate who has a minimum of two nominations by position will be on the Final Nomination List of the ISCMP. The designated Bureau members will count, calculate the percentage notations and set the list in descending order, compile the Final List by position.
  4. Only Expert members can be part of the Bureau. The election is carried out either through a secret vote during a Committee meeting, or shall be held online by secret email address. Elections could be monitored by ICLAFI.

Article 7 – Administration

  1. Meetings of the Committee shall be held annually. A written invitation by the President should reach all members at least two months in advance of the meeting.
  2. Extraordinary meeting may be convened if the majority of Expert Members or if the Bureau judges necessary.
  3. The Committee takes its institutional (and not the scientific) decisions by majority vote of the Expert members present at its meeting. (51%) Present at the meeting are also absent Expert Members who have given a proxy to voting members present. An Expert member shall not represent more than one absent Expert Members.
  4. The Committee can constitute workgroups (WG) ruled by these Statutes. The president of a workgroup is responsible for the activities of that workgroup which will be approved by the Committee.
  5. The seat / headquarter of the Committee shall be located in the country of which one of the members of the Bureau is a resident.
  6. The funding headquarters of the Committee are in 1. on Hungarian National Committee of ICOMOS Hungary, Budapest, and 2. Florence, Italy (secretariat of the Committee)
  7. All the changes in this mater are subject to be approved by Executive Committee of ICOMOS.
  1. The official working languages of the Committee are English, French, and Italian.
  1. In the year of the ICOMOS General Assembly the Committee shall draw up a professional program of activities for the next period. This program shall be forwarded to the Executive Committee of ICOMOS.
  2. The Secretary General shall draw up periodical reports, and the Bureau, submit it to the Secretariat of ICOMOS. This report shall include a list of members, the minutes of meetings of the Committee’s working groups, and of the Bureau, reports of symposia, publications conducted by the Committee and progress made in respect of the objectives of the Committee programs.
  3. The Board of the Committee can take the decisions by majority vote, to dissolve the ISC, in special morally justified circumstances.
  4. A representative of the International Centre for the Preservation and the Restoration of Cultural Property in Rome (ICCROM) shall be invited to attend all open meetings organized by the Committee.

Article 8- Financing

  1. The members of Committee obtain themselves fund necessary to ensure their own participation in the activities of the Committee, especially their presence at meetings.

Article 9 – Final clauses

  1. The Committee will have to conform to the administrative and financial requirements of the country where its headquarters are installed.
  2. Voting on amendments to this Statute is according to the principle of one vote per country, and only an expert member designated by a National Committee of ICOMOS may vote (Article IV B 4 of the Eger-Xi’an Principles.).
  3. Nothing in these Statutes shall be interpreted in way that is inconsistent with the relation of the objective of the ISCMP.

Paris- Budapest – Firenze 2018, amended 2019, 2020

Eger-Xi’an Principles

Click to access Eger-Xian_Principles_07-2008.pdf

The International [Scientific] Committees of ICOMOS July 2008 English (Official)



1. The International [Scientific] Committees (ISCs) are the vehicles through which ICOMOS brings together, develops and serves its worldwide membership according to fields of specialized interest. ICOMOS expects the ISCs to be at the heart of scientific inquiry and exchange in their domains and to share knowledge among them to foster a multi-disciplinary approach to heritage protection and management, in fulfillment of the goals of ICOMOS as stated in   Article 5

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