Care is a relationship

How might we care more, care better, care together for ourselves, each other, and the places we hold dear?


4 September - 17 November 2023


Level 5 Main Library


Michele Elliot


Black Dog Institute
Maridulu Budyari Gumal SPHERE
3C (Career Coaching for Carers)

This exhibition presents art created during four research projects led by the Arts-based Knowledge Translation Lab at Black Dog Institute, the Knowledge Translation Strategic Platform of Maridulu Budyari Gumal SPHERE (Sydney Partnership for Health, Education, Research, and Enterprise), and UNSW’s 3C (Career Coaching for Carers) program.

Each project explores different aspects of care and the social, emotional, and environmental relationships at the heart of health and wellbeing - from caring for a loved one with dementia, caring for our own and others mental health, to caring for the environment in the face of climate collapse. Each project used art as a tool to reflect and share knowledge and experiences for research and social change.

Content Warning: Artworks in this exhibition explore themes including suicide, sexual assault, abuse and discrimination. Please take care while visiting.

Exhibition text

Accessibility: UNSW Main Library is wheelchair accessible and the exhibition includes large-text artwork labels and booklets. Audio-described guides and braille exhibition guides are to come.


As part of Care is a relationship, artist Michele Elliot is creating a collaborative artwork titled A Cloak of Care that will evolve throughout the exhibition. Visitors are invited to join us during her artist residencey or Crafting Care Workshops to sew, chat and contribute to the artwork.

Crafting Stories of Care - EDI Diversity Festival 2023
Tuesday 19 September, 10am - 3pm

Michele Elliot Artist-in-Residence
Tuesday 26 September, 10am - 3pm
Tuesday 24 October, 10am - 3pm
Tuesday 7 November, 10am - 3pm

Events from this exhibition

Opening event

At the Care is a relationship opening event, the Welcome to Country was performed by Aunty Rhonda Dixon-Grovenor, a Gadigal, Bidgigal, and Yuin Elder and Traditional Descendant from the Sydney (Warrane) and saltwater basin and the South Coast of NSW. Jane Knowles, Associate Director, Research Collections and Exhibitions, was the event MC, and Professor Katherine Boydell, Head of the AKT (arts-based knowledge translation) Lab at the Black Dog Institute and Director of Knowledge Translation, Maridulu Budyari Gumal SPHERE gave the opening address.

Event was held on Tuesday 5 September 2023.

Crafting Care Workshops

Artist Michele Elliot will lead three workshops exploring ideas of care and caregiving through craft. All work created will form part of a collaborative artwork. All materials will be provided. No sewing skills required.

Crafting Care Workshop
Wednesday 2 August, 11am - 1pm

Crafting Care Workshop – World Alzheimer’s Day
Thursday 21 September, 12.30pm - 2.30pm

Crafting Care Workshop – National Carers Week
Wednesday 18 October, 11am - 1pm


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Care in the Climate Crisis: Collage Workshop

As part of the exhibition Care is a Relationship, artist/researchers Chloe Watfern and Priya Vaughan will be holding a workshop exploring care in the climate crisis. Come along and create a collage representing your feelings and thoughts about climate change, and about how we might care for ourselves and the planet in the face of climate collapse.

All materials will be provided, however please feel free to bring along any images you’d like to use in your collage.

Event will be held Wednesday 15 November 2023, 11am - 1pm.

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