ecologies of care [eoc] is an initiative designed to raise awareness and increase best practice for the health and wellbeing of artists and arts workers across the sector. Our goal is to empower creative individuals with the tools to help them articulate and express their access requirements, thereby enabling us all to be our best selves and do our best work together.
We define access requirements according to the social model (as opposed to the medical model), focusing on those who experience illness, impairments and neurodiversity, whether visible or invisible, ongoing or temporary. More broadly eoc is also concerned with the intersections of race, class, gender, sexual orientation, religion or belief, age, and parenting and care roles.
This initiative will manifest through a toolkit of Open Source templates available online which artists/arts workers can access and adapt for their own contexts, and a series of dialogues, workshops, and retreats. Our aim is to agitate, cluster and celebrate pathways toward progressive, ethical ways to exist, thrive, and co-create together.
Image Credit: Guido Mencari - SPILL Festival of Performance 2016.