6th Annual Ards Colloquium Medieval Sculpture: Borman and Sons in context.
27 - 29 November 2019
09:00 - 17:00

Borman and Sons in context. Brabantine sculpture from 1460-1540

6th Annual Ards Colloquium on Current Research in medieval and renaissance Sculpture

November 27 - November 29 2019
M – Museum Leuven, Belgium

Registration CLOSED

All available places for the 6th Annual Ards Colloquium are filled. Registration for the conference is therefore closed early.

In September 2019 10 years of interdisciplinary research are brought together in the first ever monographical exhibition and new publication on the Borman family of Brussels sculptors, active from the second half of the fifteenth century until well into the second third of the sixteenth century.  Therefore, the 6th annual Ards colloquium returns home to M - Museum Leuven. The program features lectures, a visit to the exhibition ‘Borman and sons’ as well as in situ visites. A call for papers has been launched and we received many papers on the topic of Brabantine sculpture. The call for papers is closed.

> Call for papers


The programme for the conference has been finalized and can be consulted via pdf.
Programme and timetable can be subject to change.

> Download the program as a pdf

Participation to the colloquium and entrance to the M - Museum Leuven is free of charge for all registered attendants and speakers. On all conference days, lunch and coffee breaks are included and free of charge for all registered attendants and speakers.

Tickets for the conference dinner and excursions must be booked and paid separately. You will receive an e-mail after registration to the conference with information on how to book tickets for the dinner and the excursion.

Conference dinner

On Thursday evening, the 28th of November 2019 we are organising a conference dinner for which registration is obligatory. Chairs and speakers are invited. Other participants, who have registered beforehand, are invited to join us at their own expense for an all-in dinner at € 55,00 (appetiser, two-course meal, coffee/tea and all drinks included) at Improvisio, Brusselsestraat 63B, 3000 Leuven. To attend, please register and book tickets in advance.


On Friday, the 29th of November 2019, we’re organising an excursion by bus to visit Borman works in situ in Bruges (Gruuthusemuseum and Church of Our Lady) and Brussels (KIK-IRPA workshops for polychrome and stone sculpture incl. a visit to the Saint George Altarpiece) for which we ask a contribution of € 25,00. This fee includes the bus, as well as breakfast and lunch on the bus. To attend, please register and book tickets in advance. See programme for details.

Travel and Lodging

Travel and Lodging arrangement must be made by the speakers and participants themselves and at their own expense. For lodging info and staying in Leuven we recommend visiting this link.

Travel grants

To facilitate students and researchers with limited financial means Ards, with the generous support of the Royal Academy of Archaeology of Belgium, has made available five travel grants of € 500,00 each which can be used for travel expenses, lodging costs and other costs related to attending the 6th Annual Ards Colloquium. These grants will be awarded (preferably) to non-Benelux and/or non-European applicants. To apply for the grant, please send a motivational letter (max. 1 A4) explaining your professional and financial status as a student or researcher, your non-availability to academic travel funds etc. The organization might ask for extra information after your application.
Travel arrangements must be made by the applicants. The grant will be only be paid out after reception of original travel or lodging documents/bills. Applicants will be informed of the outcome of the selection process in early October. Apply now through October 30th by sending an e-mail with your motivational letter to Marjan Debaene, Ards coordinator at info@ards.be

Questions or more information? Please contact info@ards.be