Care: Feminism, art and ethics in neo-liberal times

Claire Field & Caroline Phillips, care (2019), George Paton Gallery, Melbourne.

Care: Feminism, art and ethics in neo-liberal times critically explores how care in its many forms represents an alternative ethics to neo-liberalism. In recent years, feminist critiques of neo-liberalism have argued for the concept of care as an alternative structuring principle for political systems in crisis and have proposed that the transformation of the existing capitalist order demands the abolition of the (gendered) hierarchy between ‘care’ — the activities of social reproduction that nurture individuals and sustain social bonds — and economic production. What would it mean to substitute care for economics as the central concern of politics? What would caring for democracy look like? And how can we cultivate new habits of care that allow us to take better care of one another, of ourselves and country?

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. A network of artists, researchers and practitioners have come together in several informal Round Tables and a Symposium  in 2019, and a series of exhibitions in 2020 is being developed -subject to Covid-10 restrictions – drawing together the range of current research and art making that utilises care as a strategy and/or platform for art practice.

CARE : Transforming values through art, ethics and feminism

Interdisciplinary symposium and exhibition, George Paton Gallery, University of Melbourne

30 October – 2 November, 2019

Four days of talks, performances, workshops, and artworks, with over 50 artists, activists, writers, researchers, dancers and performers from around Australia who are thinking and practicing care in inspiring ways.

Download the full symposium schedule with abstracts and contributor Bios- Download as pdf

Download symposium poster – Download as pdf

l-r, Luci Callipari-Marcuzzo – eredità [heritage], vita [life], and ricordo i fili [remember the threads], textiles; Rachael Haynes – Protest scores (I think with my body), ink and pencil on watercolour paper; Kerryn Sylvia – WE WAIT....What else can we do, wearable object; Kylie Banyard – Daydreamer; Hayley West – After The Gold Rush; Claire Field and Caroline Phillips, Archiving Care, participatory work; Sonia Zymantas – The Other List. Photo by Rubie Bridie


The Care Project is led by Assoc. Professor Jacqueline Millner, with research assistance by Caroline Phillips.

Supported by LaTrobe University Bendigo, George Paton Gallery and Contemporary Art and Feminism.


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