Join us to collectively imagine new ways of caring

Futures of Care is our collaborative, multi-arts programme exploring radical care, taking place across East Kent and online. Our programme started in 2021 when we partnered with Creative EstuaryKent Refugee Action Network (KRAN), Pie Factory MusicDover Smart ProjectThe Beaney House of Art & Knowledge and others to examine what taking care of ourselves and each other means in today’s changing world. Through listening and creative collaboration, the programme collectively imagined new ways of caring.

In November 2022 we built upon our learnings from the first Futures of Care projects and held our first Care Lab online. Care Lab explored caring practices for people working in the creative industries with artists, producers, community organisations and funders. From the rich and varied contributions to these sessions, we created a Blueprint for Care.

Our collaboration with Kent Refugee Action Network went on to win a Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Award for Civic Arts Organisations. The prize money is being invested in our ongoing partnership with KRAN.

Our current Futures of Care work involves a deeply embedded multi-year programme with KRAN. The partners are currently appointing four young producers, who will be in ‘plan, explore, initiate’ phase for the rest of the year, and then moving into creation and delivery in 2024.

We have also commissioned three social engaged artists to co-design objects that evoke an immersive experience of Kent’s coastline. Part of our Radical Gifting programme, this involves collaborating with socially isolated individuals in their home to foster wellbeing and generate interconnectedness.

Check out our previous Futures of Care projects:

Immerse yourself in Sea of the Unseeable, in partnership with KRAN and artist Jamshid Maylanchi.

Experience how Soft Fascination brought Forest Bathing out of the woods and into the homes of people experiencing social isolation.

See East Kent from the perspectives of three queer zine makers living on the coast as part of our Queer Zines of Care on the Kent Coast project.

Reflect on the importance of reciprocal care with artist Henry James Garrett, who collaborated with three community pantries in We Keep Each Other Fed.

Check out our collaborative Manifesto of Care created with KRAN, Pie Factory Music and artist Soofiya right at the start of our Futures of Care journey.

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