The Care Network is a research community forming around the Care Project. It aims to produce a symposium, exhibition and scholarly publication which integrates knowledge produced through non-traditional research outputs. With this goal in mind, the Care Project Network facilitates discussion and engages with a range of communities.
We are building a network of artists, researchers and practitioners who have come together in several informal Round Tables and events in 2019, including the intedisciplinary Symposium CARE : Transforming values through art, ethics and feminism, held at George Paton Gallery, University of Melbourne, 30 October - 2 November. Future outcomes include an exhibition series across 2020/2021, and publication. The Care Network draws together the range of current research and art making that utilises care as a strategy and/or platform for art practice
Recent news and projects by members of the Care Network
Hutton Lane - Light boxes, Brisbane
Artwork created by Rachael Haynes and Natalya Hughes will be on display from 10 August to 22 November 2020, as part of Brisbane City Council's Outdoor Gallery exhibition RAZZLE DAZZLE curated by Amy-Clare McCarthy and Kieran Swann.
Rachael Haynes, Let's Take Back Our Space, 2020. Haynes wants us to think about the ways in which bodies take up social space, and how we can change this. The text is based on a 1979 project by the same name by feminist artist Marianne Wex.
Caroline Phillips has work on show in BooBoo, Assembly Point, Creative Spaces Guild, 152 Sturt St. Southbank, Melbourne. BooBoo is a group exhibition of sculptural works by Karryn Argus, Stephania Leigh and Caroline Phillips. Following their first collaborative exhibition BOOB: Bias Objects Objective Bodies (Kings ARI, 2016), BooBoo continues to pursue collective ideas of the embodied object and its agency within feminised spaces. Outdoor vitrines, on view 24 hours, until September 27.
Congratulations to Sera Waters, who has won the Art Gallery of South Australia/James & Diana Ramsay Foundation 2020 Guildhouse Fellowship.
This is the second Guildhouse Fellowship, valued at over $50,000, which is awarded to South Australian artists. The selection panel for 2020 included Art Gallery of South Australia Director Rhana Devenport ONZM, Guildhouse Chief Executive Officer Emma Fey and Sebastian Goldspink, curator of the 2022 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art.
"The panel were unanimous in their decision, and said they were ‘impressed by the calibre and diversity of applicants. This year’s award is an important and worthy recognition of Waters’ work.’ Sera Waters’ practice is driven by an investigation of truth-telling, informed by her own settler colonial inheritances, made manifest in home-craft, hand-based folk ingenuity, décor, pattern and textiles. Arcing from the historical evidence to contemporary manifestations, Waters casts light on these seemingly innocuous and unofficial objects as potent reminders of normalised traditions and hierarchies of gender and colonisation. As Waters explains, ‘Led by a feminist ethics of care and literally taking matter into my hands, I transform matter to present alternative pathways into a more survivable future.’ Guildhouse reports.
Elizabeth Day has launched a new website.
Her work is also appearing in the group exhibition Older Than Language at The Long Gallery, Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart, 16 Jun – 8 Aug 2020. Older Than Language is the Salamanca Arts Centre’s major exhibition and public program for 2020. Curated by Nina Miall and featuring 32 artists from across the country, the exhibition and its accompanying series of talks, performances and community events explore the contemporary migrant experience within Australia today.
Elizabeth Day's WORKING IN THE TROUBLE, opened on the 4th October at Articulate 497 Parramatta Rd, Leichhardt. Working in the Trouble is a series of work based in Day's work over 25 years working in marginal spaces. In 2011 she began developing work along the Parramatta River where there are the remains of colonial prisons and institutions, that continue into the 20th century (and 21st) to be a focus for mental health services. Much of her work has considered the image of 'the prison on the landscape' as a way to focus the damage on the Australian landscape wrought by colonisation.
Rachael Haynes in Threads of Resistance - Museum of Brisbane, 9 Aug 2019 - 8 Mar 2020
The artist draws from language from the many voices of contemporary feminism in her interactive installation, Threads of Resistance. Presented as part of New Woman, the installation includes text-based drawing and fabric works derived from Rachael’s research into feminist social history archives. Museum visitors are invited to express their hopes and visions for a better future by creating their own mini protest banners at our interactive Pocket Placard activity.
Families and children are welcome.
Sharon Billinge is painting a new mural as part of EDGE Ashfield - Moon Art Festival.
Civic Precinct Time: Saturday 27 - Sunday 15 September, various times.
The Moon Festival is an inherently Chinese festival celebrated by the gathering of loved ones together over food. this mural features the beautiful idea that we all see the same moon phase on or around the same date wherever we are across the globe. This theme of unity seems a fitting framework to celebrate Ashfield’s unique mix of cultures. The mural shows people taken from various community groups in Ashfield coming together to celebrate Autumn and its harvest surrounded by the lanterns of the Moon Festival.
Live painting - Sharon is painting her mural each day between 9-5pm until it is completed.
Nina Ross, Lizzie Sampson and Jessie Scott recently completed a survey of artists who have children in Victoria, and found that over 60% said that they found galleries and art spaces to be unwelcoming to children, families and parents.
They have released their survey results via a new website - Artist Parents - which includes further surveys for Gallery workers and Artist Parents.
The survey identified galleries as key sites of social and professional access for artists.
Respondents said: galleries made them and their children feel like they were too noisy, disruptive and did not belong galleries were inaccessible - physically, and in the timing of events and openings galleries’ lack of change facilities, toilets, seating, and child friendly food and drinks or a space to consume them were inhibiting. This lack of welcome and accommodation negatively impacts the ability of artist parents, particularly mothers (who made up 90% of respondents), to maintain their practice and their career, hampering their ability to access crucial networks and opportunities after having children. Serious issues of systemic sexism in perception, and exclusion of, artist mothers were also revealed in the responses we received. You can read the full report, recommendations and access a range of resources related to parenting in the arts on the website.
This project will be launched with an event at West Space on 29 June.
Illustration courtesy of Stephen Palmer
Curated by contemporary artist and academic Catherine Bell, FEM-aFFINITY brings together female artists from Arts Project and wider Victoria, to uncover shared perspectives and variations on female identity. Drawing upon interdisciplinary and collaborative approaches, and understanding artworks as a complex and nuanced way of thinking about embodied knowledge, the exhibition reveals how feminism materialises in distinctive and uncanny ways.
Featuring works by: Fulli Andrinopoulos, Dorothy Berry, Yvette Coppersmith, Wendy Dawson, Prudence Flint, Helga Groves, Bronwyn Hack, Janelle Low, Eden Menta, Jill Orr, Lisa Reid, Heather Shimmen, Cathy Staughton and Jane Trengove.
Exhibition dates: 15 June – 20 July Opening: Saturday 15 June, 3-5pm. Arts Project Australia 24 High St Northcote.
FEM-aFFINITY is a NETS Victoria and Arts Project Australia touring exhibition and will travel regionally and nationally throughout 2020 and 2021.
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.
This exhibition is supported by NETS Victoria, Limb Family Foundation, Leonard Joel and Art Guide Australia.