Does Anyone Really Care?

Public Programming

Does Anyone Really Care?  Talk and Communal Lunch at Lighthouse, Brighton, July 2019. Part of Eva Rowson's Curatorial Residency Who's Doing the Washing Up?

Barcelona-based artist Jordi Ferreiro took over Lighthouse's main reception space 15-19 July 2019. During the week Jordi co-hosted three public communal lunches with different speakers. They shared their experiences and thoughts on what cultural organisations need to do if they genuinely want to become inclusive of different perspectives in the way they work.

“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” - Audre Lorde

Independent curator, writer and editor Jamila Prowse hosted the final lunch with Amrita Dhallu to ask how workers inside and outside cultural organisations can hold space for listening to and caring for each other. In trying to be more open to marginalised groups, institutions often claim to hear the needs of their audiences, artists and employees - but in reality is anyone really listening and do they really care?

Over lunch, Jamila invited participants to discuss questions with her such as: How as workers in institutions do we practice care towards artists and those who work with us? As independent artists and curators, how do we find and hold space for ourselves, our mental health and financial stability? How do we each perform self-care and how do we care for each other? And how can care become a radical act of resistance, as in the words of Audre Lorde, when performed by womxn of colour?