How the arts can move forward with ‘care’

At a recent interdisciplinary forum, speakers explore the notion of care and how it is vital in moving towards the future of the arts sector.

The Latin word for care, curā, forms the basis of ‘curating’ – the caring of objects that is foundational in Western museum practice. Recently a forum centred on this idea of care at the Ian Potter Museum of Art suggested that it’s time we extend this care to artists and the broader community.

Jo Caust, Principal Fellow, School of Culture and Communication, raised an alarm bell on our current systems of value towards the arts. ‘What I’m really conscious of is that art and artists surround us but we don’t actually value either the practice or the artists significantly enough,’ she said.

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Celina Lei is an arts writer and editor at ArtsHub. She acquired her M.A in Art, Law and Business in New York with a B.A. in Art History and Philosophy from the University of Melbourne. She has previously worked across global art hubs in Beijing, Hong Kong and New York in both the commercial art sector and art criticism. Most recently she took part in drafting NAVA’s revised Code of Practice - Art Fairs. Celina is based in Naarm/Melbourne.