Four artists. Ten carers.
Many stories. One exhibition.
Weight I’m trying to hold for you/
a gift I’m trying to save for you/
these words I try to tame for you//
A Caring Portrait was a micro community arts and cultural development project bringing together individuals with a caring role as a collaborating partner with professional artists. Together the artists and participants created fantasy portraits, which celebrate and share the diversity and strength of what lays beneath the exterior of individuals in a caring role. The project was commissioned by Carer Support and proudly supported by the Australian Government HACC (Home and Community Care) Program.
As an artist and maker and as a person I’m particularly fascinated by the secret dreams everyone has for themselves and how these dreams influence our daily lives and stories. And the tension between who we are inside and who we sometimes need to be for others which is especially relevant when you have a caring role. And so with A Caring Portrait I really hoped that the project could be an invitation for the participating carers to share their stories and hopes with us and that in some small way the end product would celebrate and document the diversity and strength of the amazing carers that are part of the Carer Support community.
“It reminded me of what is important and what I would like to achieve for myself,” she said.
By shifting the focus from her family to herself, Danielle felt the process began to motivate her to think about areas of her life that she may have previously not been able to make time for.
“It was empowering,” Danielle said.
My cake collection baked a fierce feminist/
L – R: Siobhan, Alysha, Vanessa, Brianna
Alysha Herrmann – Creative Producer and Poet (@lylyee)
Vanessa Kalderovskis –Body and Face Artist
Siobhan Fearon – Photographer
Brianna Obst – Assistant artist
Thank you to all of the fantastic staff at Carer Support who supported this project and for their ongoing passion for the work they do of caring for carers.
In particular thank you to Carer Support staff Marg, Tina, Julie and Josh for initiating the project with Alysha and Vanessa and collaborating with the artists to see it come to life.
You can see the final exhibition of photography and poetry at the Southern Carer Support Centre, 241B Main South Road Morphett Vale during office hours.