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 are coming together in several informal Round tables and events in 2019. Following these group discussions, a Symposium will be convened, drawing together the range of current research and art making that utilises care as a strategy and/or platform for art practice. Selected case studies and new projects will then be invited to take part in a series of exhibitions, across Melbourne, Sydney and regional Victoria, in 2020.
Image: Filomena Coppola, Alphabet Leaves, gum leaves, cotton, found objects, 2019
The Care Project critically explores how care in its many forms represents an alternative ethics to neo-liberalism, particularly in its relation to contemporary art practice. Care will build interdisciplinary links through multiple perspectives, not only those of artists, art theorists and curators, but also from the many fields in which care is of central concern such as political science, philosophy, law and human rights, and health. The project will foreground Regional artists and communities in both Victoria and New South Wales, as well as forming partnerships with non-institutional venues and communities in Melbourne and Sydney.
The Care Project extends the research activities of Contemporary Art and Feminism. The research is hosted by La Trobe University and led by Assoc. Prof Jacqueline Millner, Deputy Head of School of Humanities and Social Sciences (partnerships and connectivity), with Research Assistants Barbara Campbell and Caroline Phillips