Want to explore the intersections between self-care, personal agency and collaborative action – with a dose of art?

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Facilitated by Kate Davis and Hannan Jones, Collective Care is a public art project that offers relief from the onslaught of headlines, and invites participants to release the woes of the digital world.

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Through discussion, meditation, craft, performance and protest Collective Care uses frameworks that incite intervention, negotiation and cooperation to highlight the intersections between self-care, personal agency and collaborative action.

The first iteration of Collective Care was held on 29 October in Brunswick.

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After in depth discussion, meditation and a groupthink, accountability in politics was democratically selected as the emergent collective issue. We then picked up paint brushes, and created bold banners and placards to champion our cause.

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Following this, accountability in politics was taken to the streets, and we marched to the beat of a drum.

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We marched from Siteworks to the Brunswick Mechanics Institute, recalling Brunswick’s history of protest by retracing significant sites from the 1933 free speech protests.

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Our collective banners and placards were then installed on the Speakers Stand outside Counihan Gallery and the Brunswick Town Hall. This colourful cluster of images and text are highly visible to those on foot, in cars, on bikes and riding the tram alike, and will be on display for the duration of MoreArt Public Art Show.

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The second round of Collective Care is happening this Saturday 2 December, 11.00am – 4.30pm. The event will start at Coburg Court House (1A Main Street, Coburg) and finish at Moreland Station. The event is free but registrations are essential.

About the Artists

Kate Davis and Hannan Jones are a duo working across multiple platforms. Their collaborative practice is informed by collective experience, synthesising curatorship, pedagogy and fine art practice. Having met on a collaborative residency in Berlin in 2016, collectively they bring experience and influence from projects realised in Athens, Berlin, Dublin, Glasgow, London, New York, and throughout Australia.

About the Exhibition

MoreArt is Moreland City Council’s annual art in public spaces event, situated along Moreland’s iconic transport corridors. A vibrant cluster of artworks and artists appear in unexpected public sites along the Upfield and Sydney Road rail, road and bike precinct. MoreArt runs until 13 December.

Photos from Collective Care, October 2017.