Contributors

Reading Assembly: Care involves the collaborations of several ‘research groups’ that act as co- investigators:

Community Groups

purpleSTARS

The purpleSTARS are a group of people with and without learning difficulties, who aim to make museum experiences more inclusive using sensory art and digital media. purpleSTARS developed from the award-winning Sensory Objects project https://sensoryobjects.com…

Compass Recovery College

Compass Recovery College is a mental health and wellbeing organisation based in Reading, Berkshire, UK, commissioned by Reading Borough Council. They provide free courses and social groups for anyone in the area aged 18 or…

The Prison Reform Trust (PRT)

The Prison Reform Trust (PRT) is an independent UK charity working to create a just, humane, and effective penal system. PRT was founded in 1981 to inform and influence public debate on prison conditions and…

Rideout (Creative Arts for Rehabilitation)

Rideout (Creative Arts for Rehabilitation) was established in 1999 in order to develop innovative, arts-based approaches to working with prisoners and staff within U.K. prisons. They have retained a special emphasis on working in the…

Reading Refugee Support Group (RRSG)

Reading Refugee Support Group (RRSG) upholds the spirit of the The Refugee Convention of 1951, obligating the United Kingdom to protect and respect the rights of Refugees. We are committed to reducing poverty, suffering and…

Artists

Isabell Spengler

Isabell Spengler (Berlin) is an artist working in the field of Expanded Cinema. In her works she examines social and media-technological changes, gender constructions and power relations in everyday situations. Inhabiting a world of self-designed…

Maternal Fantasies

Maternal Fantasies is an interdisciplinary group of international artists and cultural producers based in Berlin. They shape the discourse on motherhood through collective artistic processes while enhancing the visibility of contemporary feminist positions addressing motherhood(s)…

Ultra red collective

Ultra-red is an international political sound art collective, formed in 1994 and active in Europe and North America. Over the past twenty-five years Ultra-red has worked within and across a widely distributed network of communities…

Sophia Hatfield

Sophia Hatfield is a North West based actor-musician, writer and theatre maker. Her 2018 play Common Lore won ‘Breakthrough Performance of the Year’ at the Rural Touring Awards and her work includes audio drama, live…

Magdalena Kallenberger

Magdalena Kallenberger (Berlin) is a visual artist, researcher and writer working across film, photography and installation. She holds an MFA in Media Art and a BFA both from the University of Arts Berlin. She served…

Students

From Department of Architecture

Danya Boothway, Ronniela Castelo, Bupesh Hirani, Sophie Davies, Tracy Kong, Shiyu Zhao, Yasmin Soydan

From Department of Art

Sophie Baldwin, Emily Brewer, Georgina Dayanc, Megan Hill, Gabija Mieliauskaite, Sara Simper, Molly Talbot, Charlotte Thomas

From Department of Film, Theatre & Television

Clarisse Ageorges, Matilda Brunelli, Gareth Cooper, Jameilia Gardener, Emily Heighton, Kexin Li, Tracy Ma, Emma Narita, Jodie-May Roach, Katie Smith

Academic Researchers

Gemma Colclough

Gemma is a theatre director & community arts practitioner, and a postgraduate researcher at the University of Reading where she is researching the role of theatre for young audiences in engaging with audiences from marginalized…

Emily Heighton

Emily Heighton is a first-year Film & Theatre student at the University of Reading, who loves getting out of her comfort zone and trying new things. This is the reason why she loves traveling, getting…

Carolina Vasilikou

Carolina Vasilikou is an architect, educator and researcher who works with architectural students to enhance research and practice-led global transferable skills across UG and PG education. Carolina believes that people-centred, inclusive design is at the…

Sascia Bailer

Sascia works at the intersection of feminist curating, public space, and social transformation. She is a PhD candidate in the practice-based curatorial program at the Zurich University of the Arts and the University of Reading,…

Sarah Bartley

Dr Sarah Bartley is a community arts practitioner and Lecturer in Theatre and Performance in the Department of Film, Theatre and Television at the University of Reading. In her research and practice, she is interested in exploring…

Kate Allen

Kate Allen, Associate Professor, Reading School of Art, University of Reading. Kate is the Principal Investigator of the award-winning Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) project, ‘Interactive sensory objects made for and by people with…

Dr Verónica Rodríguez

Dr Verónica Rodríguez is Teaching Fellow in Theatre and Performance at University of Reading. Her main research interests are in the fields of contemporary British theatre, new political forms of theatre and feminism. Her current…

Guest Speakers

Chella Quint

Chella Quint is a Brooklyn-born, Sheffield-based designer, writer, educator, and performer. She studied dramatic writing at NYU Tisch before moving to Sheffield and completing a PGCE at Bretton Hall in Drama education. A former drama…

Alison Peyton

Alison has worked in Social Services, for the Citizens Advice service and the Church. In 2010 she came to work for a local Charity, running ReadiFood, Reading’s Foodbank. ReadiFood is an independent foodbank run by…

Nathan Nobbs

Nathan Nobbs runs Potsford Farm, a care farm in rural Suffolk. Their co-farmers take part in all aspects of farming including caring for animals, growing fruit and vegetables and taking part in conservation work. Nathan…

Professor Bettina Bildhauer

Bettina Bildhauer is Professor of Modern Languages at the University of St Andrews (UK). She has researched medical, artistic and social views of menstruation in the Middle Ages and has published on this at length…

Dr. Vasilios Kontopoulos

Dr. Vasilios Kontopoulos M.D., PhD is a U.S. trained and Board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology, who has served as an Assistant Professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology in S.U.N.Y (State University of…

Curator

Anna Kontopoulou

Anna is a researcher, curator and educator working across cultural institutions, pedagogic spaces and community groups in an attempt to move away from curatorial authorship and towards a collectivising of research-actions. Her upcoming book Curation…

With special thanks to:

Lisa Clarke

Senior Technician, Department of Film, Theatre & Television, University of Reading

David Marron

Senior Technician, Reading School of Art, University of Reading

Mildred Burchett-Vass

Executive Support Administrator, Reading School of Art, University of Reading

Lauren Little

Sessional Lecturer and Teaching Fellow, Reading School of Art, University of Reading. Lauren is an artist, curator, organiser, and founder of DarkYellowDot, a platform supporting emerging visual artists at the beginning of their career.