Art + Care: A Future

30 Jan 2012

Art + Care: A Future is a publication that speculates on future alliances between the fields of art and elderly care.

Featuring essays by key thinkers on issues of ageing and the future, and is contextualised by case studies from five years of the Serpentine Gallery’s work in placing artists, designers, researchers and architects in the field of elderly care through the project Skills Exchange: Urban Transformation and the Politics of Care 2007–2012.

Each Skills Exchange project was based on an extended artistic residency in a space of elderly care, through which participants were invited to engage with the creative process to challenge stereotypes and social norms.

Collaborations between artists, designers and community groups including Abake, Markus Miessen and Westmead Care Home; Barby Asante and InSpire Southwark; Marcus Coates, Alex H and St. John’s Hopsice; Tom Hunter, Woodberry Down Estate Tea and Coffee Group and Age UK and Beatrice Gibson and Camden Homes for Older People.

Beyond providing a service for the role of the care sector, the contributors argue that art has a role to play in challenging the marginalisation of the aged, while ageing provokes fundamental questions to the field of art.


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