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The Care Project Symposium week


 Sera Waters, Blindspot (2019). Found frame, cotton, gold thread. 35x38cm


The Care Project Network is calling for artists, researchers and practitioners interested in Care as a framework for ethical practice to propose ideas and provocations for a week-long symposium Care: Feminism, art and ethics in neo-liberal times, to be held at George Paton Gallery, Melbourne, October 29 – Nov 2.

The Call is open to students, artists, researchers, curators, academics and industry professionals across multiple disciplines including law, health, population, museum studies, political science and education. This event is part of the research project, Care: Feminism, art and ethics in neo-liberal times, led by Dr Jacqueline Millner, Associate Prof. of Visual Arts, LaTrobe Bendigo. Jacqueline is also Co-convenor of Contemporary Art and Feminism, a research group across La Trobe University, University of Sydney, and The Cross Art Projects, Sydney.

The Care network is in the process of holding a series of round tables in Melbourne, Sydney and Bendigo, and has already identified a group of care-focused practitioners. The symposium is an opportunity for existing members of the Care Network to expand on their earlier presentations, show and discuss work in progress, develop ideas in a supportive environment, and respond to new provocations. It is also a chance for new members to join the project.

The symposium will be organized as a mix of presentations — including lectures by some key thinkers in the field — discussions, creative tests in gallery spaces, and social events, with a view to consolidating creative relationships and to crafting a draft program of exhibitions, to realise the Care Project as a distributed network of events, ideas, and artworks in the future.

We are looking for provocations, ideas, nodes of discussion and works in progress that respond to or embody the theme of Care. Responses could include: a reading group; a workshop; a collaborative action; an interpretation of a key text; an article in the making; a lecture; an artwork in whatever medium including performance. There will be gallery spaces and AV facilities available. We will confirm the symposium program by early October.


Dates: Tuesday, October 29 – Saturday Nov 2 2019: detailed program TBC

Location: George Paton Gallery, Union House, University of Melbourne, Parkville

Please send your proposals, including relevant images, approximate time required, date preference, and any A/V resources required,

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