• Voices of unpaid carers

Here the journey starts

Updated: Aug 18, 2020

The Invisible Army will start marching in #thevestibules at City Hall, Bristol. Our aim is to fill the historic rustic walls with pictures and stories of unpaid carers.

Tina and Carina in front of The Vestibules, City Hall Bristol 17th August 2020

Before lock down Carina and I started visiting carers and their families. We wanted to show what an important job is done without much recognition. We tried to get in touch with carers to ask them to take part. We made talks at carer's meetings in order to recruit interest but it was harder than we thought it would be. Shy, unworthy, embarrassed were some of the excuses we got. Then lockdown happened and it was as if an invisible cloak was lifted. All the positive light shone in the media on the fabulous work health professionals and unpaid carers do, made a lot of hard working carers lift their chins with pride. Today, rightfully there is more respect for the unselfishness it is to choose to or have to look after a loved one with a disability.

Carina and I would like to show what it is like to be an unpaid carer. For good and for worse and we hope to lift unpaid carers up on the pedestal they deserve to stand on. For Carer's Week in June 2021 we would like to show 50 unpaid carers' stories and images.

#artspacelifespace are supporting us firstly by giving us residency at #thevestibules. For the next 3 weeks we we have opportunity and space to try out different ways of exhibiting and most importantly we will find ways to reach out to carers from all backgrounds, colours and cultures to give them opportunity to take part.

If you know of anybody who would like to take part please get in touch. #invisiblearmy



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