Arts and Culture Fellow - Leo Jamellifellowship
the great human tradition: A multi-disciplinary collaborative exploration of
family care across time and culture
Family carers provide the cornerstone of care
for people with long-term illnesses and disabilities and, in the UK alone, save
the government £15 million every hour. But this significant social contribution
often goes unnoticed and takes a toll on carers’ physical health and mental
wellbeing. In earlier times, however, carers were
valued members of society, and even in other cultures today, care is a
respected community activity. Contemporary British carers have told an
interdisciplinary research team based primarily at the University of Exeter, that
learning about the historical and cultural context of care would help them see
their role as an important part of the great human tradition, thereby reducing
feelings of isolation and improving wellbeing.
In this project, archaeologists, anthropologists, and historians at the University of Exeter, Oxford Brookes University and Queen's University Belfast are working with health researchers, carers, and community organisations to establish a family care research network, and to develop plans for a larger project that will use evidence from each of these different disciplines to support contemporary carers. Arts-based approaches are central to the project, with all project partners committed to sharing the findings of the research with the wider community through a range of creative media.
Artist Leo Jamelli has recently joined this project as an Arts and Culture Fellow, to work alongside the team as the research is developed. He will be engaging with researchers and partner organisations, helping to develop ideas for a creative intervention and also creative public engagements. In addition, Leo will be producing an original creative piece of public visual art that raises awareness of family care and facilitates broader public engagement with the project. His work will be a projection of a hand drawn animation which will aim to capture the emotional strain experienced by those who are family carers.
He says, “Family care is a topic that I am passionate about, as with my family, I provided care for my father for almost 5 years after he suffered devastating stroke. I experienced the emotional strain and ups and downs of family care before his death. As this is a subject close to my heart, I hope that the process will help me create an insightful piece of visual art, that will raise public awareness as well as help invisible carers to feel valued and recognised.”
Leo is a visual artist and illustrator who enjoys working with digital media, animation and large-scale projections to create engaging public installations. He often draws influences from past architectural studies and an interest in urban forms and street art, to generate a certain graphic style. The appeal with using large projections is that the installations are not restricted to the confinements of a gallery space but allow greater public access, as well as giving the art work an ephemeral feel. He likes to use hand drawn animation in his work as it gives a certain movement which breathes life into the pieces.
For more information about Leo Jamelli:
For information and links about carer support in Devon, please go to:
Devon Carers Helpline : tel: 03456 434 435
Samaritans: tel: 116 123
Hikmat Devon: tel: 01392 757220
Image: copyright Leo Jamelli
Film by Steven Haywood.