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Creating Care-Fully

Creating Care-Fully

By Charley Allanah Artists often talk about our work as a social service; a public good; with value beyond dollars. But are we genuinely making art in a way that merits such a claim? Work grounded in social good, of which surely the fundament is care? The efficacy of art programs in nursing homes, schools, community cultural centres and elsewhere is rightly lauded, but what it shows is that art practices work in environments of care. It fails to answer whether the practice of care has an intrinsic place in professional artistic practice. I’d contend that too often it doesn’t, but it can. In 2020 my company House of Sand embarked on a mammoth creative undertaking: creating an epic new...

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