On Wednesday 23 May 2012, the Carers' Congress launched the resulting report, Modalities of Exchange and concluded the Serpentine Gallery’s Project Skills Exchange: Urban Transformation and the Politics of Care (2007-2012). Here I re-joined the team to facilitate the event.
In 2010, I was invited to work with design collective Åbäke and spent time with Westmead Care Home staff and residents discussing their interests and vocational skills. With my design research experience in ageing innovation, I collaborated with Åbäke to illuminate the realities of old age and to help the younger participants imagine their futures, portraits of the middle aged project organisers were taken by photographer Kees de Klein and Åbäke. With the aged portraits, I held discussions with people of all ages to visualise and imagine their futures at a Serpentine Gallery Family Day.
The project was led by Janna Graham from the Centre of Possible Studies, Serpentine Gallery in collaboration with Dr Alison Rooke from Goldsmiths University, London.