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This reflection follows a British Art Network (BAN) workshop titled ‘Collections of Spontaneous Memorials: Value, Ethics of Care, Trauma-Informed Practice and Vicarious Trauma’ on 14 December 2023, which was supported by Tate and the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art and convened by Dr Kostas Arvanitis, University of Manchester. Through two case studies of the Manchester Together Archive and the memorial and archive in progress on the Grenfell Tower fire, this essay discusses the representation and performance of care in spontaneous memorials, as well as what an ethical approach to such memorials may mean to their stewards and audience.
Cultural Practices is the magazine of the Institute for Cultural Practices (ICP) at the University of Manchester. The magazine was launched in April 2020 to publish critical reflections related to issues and challenges that COVID-19 and the lockdown presented for arts and culture in the UK and abroad. However, the magazine has since evolved and widened to encourage ideation and discussion between researchers, academics, industry professionals and students working under the theme of cultural practices.
The Institute for Cultural Practices provides a platform for postgraduate study, continuing professional development, research and knowledge exchange with cultural and heritage professionals in the UK and abroad. It runs MA and PhD programmes in Art Gallery and Museum Studies, Arts Management and Heritage Studies.
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