Delighted to announce that we’ve secured funding from the Arts Council and from Kingston University for our next project. CAREFUL explores ideas about care and empathy, through the figure of the nurse – nurses, after all, are experts and artists of caregiving and are a resonant symbol for how the (feminine?) concepts of care, kindness, compassion are valued (or not) in the wider social sphere.
We’re drawing on a rich pool of expertise: staff and students in the Nursing department at Kingston University/St. George’s hospital are filling us in on the craft and experiences of nursing today – and giving us access to their simulated hospital ward, where the first show will take place. Also on board is nurse historian, Susan Hawkins, who is enriching our explorations with insights into how cultural constructions of the nurse continue to determine how nursing is understood and performed today.