CARE Network & Roundtables

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



Melbourne Round Table


The first event, Round Table 1, was held at Union House, Melbourne University on March 16, 2019.


25 artists and researchers attended and gave short presentations on their work in relation to Care;

Hadeel Abdelhameed, Kylie Banyard, Virginia Barratt, Catherine Bell, Jessie Boylan, Sophie Constantine,  Gretchen Coombs, Filomena Coppola, Jodie Goldring, Anne Griggs, Linda Judge, Katie Lee, Sara Lindsay, Joanne Makas, Rebecca Mayo, Bon Mott, Kelum Palipane, Jane Polkinghorne, Sara Rudledge, Ema Shin, Jennifer Tan, Hartmut Veit, Philippa Veitch, Caroline Wallace and Jude Walton.  




 Image: ‘In Vigil’ (2019) bronze, chalk, mirror, timber, reading material, with performer Camille Thomas. Photo credit: Christian Cappuro 


Thanks to Sandra Bridie and George Paton Gallery for their support with this event.


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