It Matters What Happens Next was a programme of newly commissioned artworks and events that considered the origins of care and the transition between states of ‘caring’ to being ‘cared for’; hosted in the Camden Art Centre garden on 13 & 14 of May.
On Friday 13 May, artists Youngsook Choi and Eva Freeman presented the Circle of Care. A project centred around knowledge exchange, the sharing of memories and finding intergenerational connections to highlight the importance of everyday care in our contemporary world.
The Circle of Care stemmed from a series of workshops led by Choi and Freeman with residents Linda, Mary, Mildred, Diana, Christine, Pat, Marcelle, Martin, Clive, Nora, Rose, Brian, Alan, Anne, Jean, Eve, and Elizabeth, alongside the generous contributions of care workers Lawrence, Joshua, Michaela, Lucy, Anna, Anne Mary, Delji, and the vital support of the incomparable and caring arts facilitator Odile Kidd of the Spring Grove Care Home neighbouring Camden Art Centre; exploring themes of vulnerability, strength, resilience and institutional care through a series of creative workshops.
The resulting conversations, physical objects and images formed part of a live, multimedia performance and temporary installation presented in Camden Art Centre’s garden, which adjoins the care home.