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.
Please scroll down for external projects by members of the Care Network.
Image: Filomena Coppola, Alphabet Leaves, gum leaves, cotton, found objects, 2019
External projects by members of the Care Network
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
Image left: Yvette Coppersmith, John Safran, 2009, right panel, oil on plywood, 120 x 90 cm. Image right: Lisa Reid, Life Drawing-seated, 2002, ink on paper, 50 x 60 cm.
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.
Lecture at Melbourne Museum by Anh Nguyen
Refugees, Museums and the Digital Diaspora Wednesday 19 June 2019, 6.00pm–7.00pm
Refugee Man Man, on Manus Island, with some of his crochet work.
Discover how social media is connecting refugees - and learn about its impact on Museums Victoria’s engagement with refugee culture and collections. There is a growing digital diaspora of refugees and asylum seekers reconnecting in real time reunions with other refugees, aid workers and war veterans - and curating their own history on social media. Listen to Anh Nguyen discuss how this online community is shaping contemporary museum practice. Learn how crochet from a Burmese detainee on Manus Island, photographs from detention and refugee stories were all recently acquired by Museums Victoria. Anh, who was a child refugee and is now an active digital citizen in this diaspora, will explain how friendships on Facebook helped facilitate these acquisitions.
Speaker Anh Nguyen is a Research Associate at Museums Victoria and is completing her PhD at the University of Melbourne about Vietnamese child refugees and the digital diaspora. She has designed collaborations using game design and animation for engagement with the contemporary life and histories of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers in Australia. She will be joined by Jill Parris, Michael Green and Nam Huynh.
Kylie Banyard in two exhibitions -
The National 2019: New Australian Art Museum of Contemporary Art Australia 29 March – 23 June 2019
Blue Ridge Moon Galerie pompom 15 May - 9 June 2109
Kylie Banyard, Soft Wall, 2018, oil, acrylic and appliquéd fabric on canvas, 330 x 500 cm Installation view, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney. Photo: Zan Wimberley, Courtesy Galerie pompom.
DIASPORE ITALIANE – ITALY IN MOVEMENT A Symposium on Three Continents
Filomena Coppola will be presenting about her work in Genova Italy, for the conference DIASPORE ITALIANE – ITALY IN MOVEMENT A Symposium on Three Continents: Australia • United States • Italy
• Living Transcultural Spaces – Melbourne: 4-8 April 2018 • Transnationalism and Questions of Identity – New York: 1-3 November 2018 • Between Immigration and Historical Amnesia – Genova: 27-29 June 2019.
This symposium is a collaboration between three diverse Italian migration organisations – a welfare and cultural agency, a tertiary institute and a museum – each deeply connected with the community, institutions and culture of a cosmopolitan city which is also iconic of the Italian migrant and diasporic experience. This symposium – the first international conference of its kind – brings together researchers and practitioners from Australia, the United States, Italy and other locations to explore the vicissitudes of Italians and Italian identity in the transcultural spaces defined by mobility.
Filomena will present her works Mother Tongue, Wallflower - Mirror Mirror and the trilogy of Chasing the Disappeared, Mother Tongue and Aloha Sound, during the panel 'Visual and verbal memories: italian migrant creativity across the world', chaired by Prof. Fred Gardaphé (USA), John D. Calandra Italian American Institute New York.
She writes: This series of work gives the first generation a voice and attempts to create a reconnection to; the socioeconomic conditions which created this mass migration; to language; dialect and the weight of familial disconnection for subsequent generations. It acknowledges the difficulty of leaving their mother country, the resilience of making a new home and their need to recreate a familiar environment in a new country. I intend to present a case for creating a space where it is safe to remember and share stories of migration from different decades. It also acknowledges that in sharing these stories we can remember our own cultural connections and this can encourage empathy for migrants past, present and future.
Mother Tongue 20 drawings, each titled after one of the 20 regions of Italy, pastel on paper, 345h x 615w cm, 2013. Alphabet sound component, recorded and edited by Filomena Coppola and Robert Klarichand documentary film, shot and edited by Robert Klarich and Filomena Coppola