Poster promoting the art discussion Who Cares?

LU Arts to host a day of film and discussion exploring ‘care’

On Wednesday 30 October, LU Arts in partnership with Ian Nesbitt will be holding a symposium titled ‘Who Cares?’, exploring the ethics and politics of care in society.

Last year, filmmaker and artist Ian Nesbitt produced a short film called Care Notes during his role as LU Arts’ artist-in-residence.

To create the film, he interviewed students, campus gardeners, academics and support workers at the University whose roles all involved an element of care.

The screening of his short film will be available to watch from 27 October-8 November in the Martin Hall Exhibition Space and to celebrate, Who Cares? will be a chance to explore these themes in more detail and open up a wider discussion about care.

Participants of the symposium will be from a variety of backgrounds, with academics, artists and students taking part in the programme.

Highlights of the day include:

  • A screening of Care Notes followed by a Q&A session with Ian Nesbitt
  • Caring Holistically: Artist R.M.Sanchez-Camus and Senior Lecturer Dr Ines Varela-Silva in conversation
  • Care, Power and Identity on Campus with Tara Nadi and Steff Farley
  • Infrastructures of Care: A Discussion between artist Ruth Levene and lecturer Dr Eva Giraud
  • A Caring Tour of Campus

The event will take place in the Project Space, Edward Barnsley Building and will be held from 10am-5.30pm.

It is free to attend for staff and students at the University, with a small charge of £5 to the public. Those who are interested in attending are advised to book online here.

Talking about the symposium, LU Arts Programme Co-ordinator David Bell said: “Care is a huge issue for many on our campuses and beyond, so we’re really excited to host this event building on Ian Nesbitt’s wonderful film.

“Our speakers include artists, academics and student organisers, who have all been involved in projects that care for themselves, each other and our environment in different ways. By bringing them together, we can explore the problems of ‘care’ in our world and think how it might be done otherwise.”

Radar is LU Arts’ commissioning and research programme, which invites artists to produce new work in response to and as part of research undertaken across the University’s two campuses, bringing artistic and academic work together.

For more information, please contact LU Arts by emailing or calling 01509 222948.