Project facts

Duration: 2022-11-01 - 2022-12-01
Project coordinator: Dr Isil Ezgi Celik
Project consortium: Dr Isil E. Celik - Curator Dr Celik is a PhD in international collaboration in arts from Nagoya University, an academic and art curator specialised in non-mainstream art. Prof Henning Schulze - Lead Conservateur Prof Schulze is a wooden artefact conservation specialist, a senior lecturer and programme leader of the University of Lincoln School of History and Heritage. Dr Pierre-François Gérard - 3D Designer Dr Pierre-Francois is a PhD in computing from Goldsmith University of London, an architect and an 3D visualiser.
Funding bodies: Tribal Art and Textile Society and public funding
Subject areas: AI, AR/VR, Archives, Changing environments, Climate Change, Collections, Community involvement, Conservation, Cultural Creative Industries, Cultural Literacy, Dialogue, Digital Heritage, Digital storytelling, Digitization, Entrepreneurship, Ethnology, Evaluation, Heritage Management, Heritage values - Identity, History, Humanities and social sciences, Immersive technologies, Innovation, Intangible Heritage, Materials, Monitoring, Monuments - Sites, Museums, Objects, Restoration, Rural Heritage, Sculptures, Tangible Heritage, Technologies - Scientific processes, Tourism, Wellbeing
Budget: 50000 GBP


CapitArt has launched the Tribal Art Museum, a cultural heritage conservation and digitalisation, project in Nagaland-India in collaboration with Tribal Art and Textile Museum Society. The project consists of the conservation and curation of artworks and artefacts of the Naga tribes, mainly the Konyak tribe famous for its head-hunting tradition.  Tribal sculptures, statues, weapons, ornamented gates, carved walls, pieces of furniture of kings and queens, textile and jewellery that are extraordinary examples of tribal art are taking part in the museum’s collection and soon will be accessible to the public not only in a physical museum in Nagaland but also in a virtual museum accessible for all world-wide.

The Tribal Art Museum project consists of three sub-projects: the conservation of the historical tribal artworks and artefacts, completing the museum building and curating the works in hand, and transforming the physical museum into a virtual museum and creating the world’s first tribal art digital archive open to everyone.

Impacts & Results

Modernization has been taking a toll on tribal cultures. Globalization, homogenization, and pervading influence of capitalist culture are putting intense pressure on tribal people to fit into the conventional cultural frameworks. 

Each human community has developed its own ways of living in relation to its surroundings in time. Distinct living traditions provide living communities with a ground to build a sense of continuity in time and are necessary components of cultural diversity and human creativity.

This project is to protect world’s tangible cultural heritage threatened by the contemporary conditions by using contemporary tools. We expect to achieve this objective ● by completing the physical museum building and curating the artefacts for intangible cultural preservation and ● by creating a virtual museum accessible world-wide for cultural diversity awareness.

Please examine our project proposal for more information: Cultural Heritage Conservation and Phygital Museum Curation Project