Spotlight on Care – large scale projections in London and Exeter
Large scale, hand-drawn animations of unpaid carers will be projected onto buildings in London and Exeter this month, to celebrate the millions who work around the clock caring for family and friends at home.
Large scale, hand-drawn animations of unpaid carers will be projected onto buildings in London and Exeter this month, to celebrate the millions who work around the clock caring for family and friends at home. Research shows their role has been made even harder by the closure of support services during the COVID crisis.
Spotlight on Care is an emotive contemporary art project inspired by a collaboration between Exeter-based illustrator-animator Leo Jamelli and University of Exeter academics, Dr Siobhan O’Dwyer and Dr Catriona McKenzie.
The two-storey-high animations, to be projected onto Peckham Library and Exeter Phoenix after dark, aim to give recognition to the growing army of unpaid carers whose work saves the government £132 billion a year. The imposing installations will quite literally shine a light on those who provide ongoing care for family members and friends with long-term illnesses and disabilities.
Spotlight on Care will be screened at Exeter Phoenix on Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd October and at Peckham Library on Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd October from 6:15 pm until 10:15 pm.
Across the UK, the invisible labour of nine million unpaid carers is the equivalent of a second NHS. Their caring roles became even more challenging at the start of the pandemic when most respite and support services came to an abrupt end, and the increased responsibility has continued to take a toll as services remain closed or operate with reduced capacity. An extra 4.5 million people are also estimated to have become carers during the pandemic.
Dr Siobhan O’Dwyer from the University of Exeter led Caring through Coronavirus, a longitudinal study of carers’ experiences during the first year of the pandemic. It was conducted in collaboration with researchers from Cardiff University, Loughborough University, Bournemouth University, and the University of Southern Denmark, and funded by the Strategic Priorities Fund.
Find out more – https://www.artsandcultureexeter.co.uk/news/spotlight-on-care
Unpaid carers are the invisible scaffolding holding up the NHS and social care in the UK. Despite this, they have been largely ignored in discussions about, and responses to, the pandemic. Our research has helped policymakers and social care providers realise the significant impact of the pandemic on carers, but now we want to engage the wider community and we hope Leo’s art will be a powerful way of doing that.
– Dr Siobhan O’Dwyer, University of Exeter
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