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Part of the Project Art Works Collective, Hastings Contemporary, May 2021 © Project Art Works

An afternoon exploring the meaning and value of care, in collaboration with Project Art Works.

This event will take place online via a Zoom meeting.  The link will be in your Print At Home ticket.

3pm – 5pm

Pay What You Can

Join us for an event reflecting on care, its realities, and how art and cultural workers have addressed the changing landscape of care over the past year.
In collaboration with Turner-Prize nominated collective of neurodiverse artists and activists, Project Art Works.

In conversation with Kate Adams, artist, advocate, parent activist and CEO/ Artist Director of Project Art Works,  author Madeleine Bunting will discuss her book Labours of Love (2020), drawn from five years research and conversations with paid and unpaid caregivers across the UK. The stories Labours of Love relates conjure a different way of imagining our society and the connections between us.

This conversation will be followed by a panel discussion between three artists working innovatively in different care contexts. Project Art Works’ Esther Springett, who leads on Project Art Works’ Support Collective,  will share ways in which responding to emergency and deepening inequalities have shaped PAW’s work over the last year. Ali Eisa will share his enquiries into ways of dealing with experiences of exclusion, marginalisation and precariousness, and how care may shape a collective future, through his work with Autograph and in his own practice. Nikki Hafter will share learning from the Art of Conversation with Aphasia, a project co-devised with and for people with aphasia.

The afternoon will be punctuated by responses and questions from a wide range of voices.

About the participants

Kate Adams

Kate Adams is an artist, advocate and parent activist, and CEO/Artist Director at Project Art Works. She has initiated many responsive, collaborative projects with children and adults who have complex support needs and their families, care services, artists and galleries. Kate co-founded Project Art Works in 1997 to explore an expanded conception of art that was and continues to be influenced by Paul Colley, her son, who has profound and complex needs and behaviours described as challenging. Project Art Works collaborates with many individuals and their circles of support. The work embraces highly personalised studio practice, peer support and major public exhibitions that raise awareness and influence diverse representation in civic and cultural life. In 2012 Kate was awarded an MBE for services to art and disability.

Madeleine Bunting

Madeleine Bunting a prize-winning author and journalist. Her most recent book, Labours of Love, the Crisis of Care (2020) has been longlisted for the Baillie Gifford and the Orwell Prizes. She has written four other works of non-fiction including Love of Country, A Hebridean Journey (2016) and The Plot, A biography of an English Acre (winner of the Portico Prize). Her second novel, Ceremony of Innocence, will be published in July 2021. She was an Associate Editor and Columnist on the Guardian for many years before leaving in 2013. She is a Visiting Professor at the Institute of International Inequality at the LSE, and lives in East London. She is a regular broadcaster for the BBC and is working on a series of essays for Radio Three on ritual. Her next non-fiction book is on English seaside resorts and will be published in 2023.

Nikki Hafter

Nikki Hafter is a London-based artist and facilitator who believes in the power individuals possess to shape the world. She strives to promote agency by facilitating imaginative, playful and critical thinking, and resource sharing. Her practice encompasses arts, play and action toward social justice, with a commitment to accessibility and collaboration. Nikki has recently worked on The Art of Conversation with Aphasia, a knowledge-exchange project between De La Warr Pavilion, Say Aphasia and University College London that explores how art can be a conduit for people with aphasia to develop helpful strategies to navigate conversations and connect with their local community and culture.

Ali Eisa

Ali Eisa is a London-based artist and educator. He manages the Learning & Participation programme at Autograph, leading engagement projects exploring representation, identity and human rights for diverse groups including children and young people, students and community groups. Eisa is also a Lecturer in Fine Art at Goldsmiths, University of London, and graduated from Goldsmiths with an MA in Visual Sociology in 2013 and a BA in Fine Art Practice in 2010. He is also one half of Lloyd Corporation, a collaborative project with artist Sebastian Lloyd Rees, exhibiting nationally and internationally working in sculpture, installation, performance and text.

Esther Springett

Esther Springett leads the Support Collective at Project Art Works which brings together people with lived experience of disability, family carers and support workers. The Support Collective share the aim of working towards person-centred, accountable and inclusive models of support and care, and protecting the rights of people with support needs. Esther is an advocate for her sister who has complex support needs and uses non-verbal communication.

This event is part of our Care & Citizenship programme. 

Care & Citizenship is part of AHRC funded DigiPiCH Civic Museums Project: Using Digital Technology to enhance Wellbeing in Civic Museums. Partners of the project are De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea, The Royal Pavilion and Museums Brighton and Hove and The Peale Center for Baltimore History and Architecture, Baltimore.

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The Support Collective at Project Art Works

Esther Springett leads the Support Collective at Project Art Works which brings together people with lived experience of disability, family carers and support workers. The Support Collective share the aim of working towards person-centred, accountable and inclusive models of support and care, and protecting the rights of people with support needs.(https://projectartworks.org/resources/peer-support-network/).

Esther is an advocate for her sister who has complex support needs and uses non-verbal communication.