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November 2019

The Home at Bush House

NIHR ARC South London’s post-doctoral fellow Caroline Green teamed up with award winning theatre artist Christopher Green in November to create a photography exhibition and afternoon. This proved a unique opportunity to critically explore our attitudes towards human rights and care for older people.

The collaboration tapped into the power of theatre and photography to make Caroline’s PhD research findings on human rights and care homes accessible for a non-academic audience. The event  and exhibition attracted over one hundred visitors and participants from research, art, policy, social care and the general public.

The exhibition showcased photographs from the immersive theatre production The Home by Christopher Green. In The Home the audience books into a 48-hour recreated care home environment and are cared for by a cast of older actors. The first two productions of The Home took place in September and November 2019. Caroline, an expert in human rights and social care, previously supported Christopher Green in the development of The Home as a consultant. The afternoon of events on 27 November  included guest speakers from artistic and research backgrounds as well as a panel discussion on human rights, care homes, ageing and art. The Exchange Space at Bush House, King’s College London, hosted the collaboration that was supported by ARC South London's social care theme as part of its communication work and outreach to local communities. The ARC South London Social Care team will be making good use of the legacy of this work in its images and contacts.

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