Long Table Discussion on Care and Survivance

  • Discussion
  • Speech-to-text
Photograph of a woman holding a microphone sitting in an audience in the Forum at Wellcome Collection.
Discussion in the Forum, Steven Pocock. Source: Wellcome Collection. Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0).

What you’ll do

Drop in and take a seat at the Long Table, where you can join the discussion to talk about approaches and attitudes towards self-care and collective care. You’ll be able to raise issues such as:

  • What kinds of self-care do you practice?
  • What can we do to help each other more?
  • Is more self-care needed in the art world?

At the Long Table, conversation is the only course, but there can be silence. It’s a democracy, so no one will moderate you, but a host may assist you. Feel free to write on the tablecloth.

If you leave the table you can come back again and again.

People at the Long Table

Your host for the evening will be Lois Weaver, who devised the Long Table format. She will explain the etiquette at the start of the discussion.

Several other artists and practitioners will join you as collaborators at the Long Table discussion.

About your contributors

Photograph of Lois Weaver

Lois Weaver


Lois Weaver is an artist, activist and Professor of Contemporary Performance at Queen Mary University of London.

Photograph of Oreet Ashery

Oreet Ashery

Oreet Ashery’s website

Oreet Ashery (b.1966 Jerusalem) is a UK-based interdisciplinary artist whose practice includes time-based image, performance, text, sound and music. In 2017, Ashery won the 10th Film London Jarman Award, and her work has been exhibited and performed all over the world. She is currently an associate professor of Fine Art at the Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford.

Photograph of Raju Rage

Raju Rage


Raju Rage is an interdisciplinary artist who is proactive about using art, education and activism to forge creative survival. Based in London, they primarily use their non-conforming body as a vehicle of embodied knowledge. They work in performance, sculpture, soundscapes and moving image, focusing on techniques of resistance and utilising everyday life experiences in communicating narratives around gender, race and culture, health and wellbeing.

Photograph of Dr Vanda Playford

Dr Vanda Playford


Dr Vanda Playford has worked as an inner-city GP in London for over 30 years. In parallel, she has developed an art practice based primarily in photography and video. She completed a PhD in Fine Art at the RCA in 2005, where she researched the nature of the medical consultation in relation to ritual, symptom and storytelling.

Photograph of Rehana Zaman

Rehana Zaman


Rehana Zaman is an artist based in London. She works predominantly with moving image to examine how social dynamics are produced and performed. Recent and upcoming solo exhibitions include Serpentine Projects London 2019, Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2018, India, Liverpool Biennial 2018, CCA, Glasgow 2018 and Material Art Fair IV, Mexico City 2017.

Photograph of Hannah Catherine Jones

Hannah Catherine Jones

Artist's website

Hannah Catherine Jones (aka Foxy Moron) is a London-based artist, scholar, multi-instrumentalist, radio presenter and DJ, composer, conductor and founder of Peckham Chamber Orchestra (a community project). Jones is a DPhil scholar at Oxford University (Ruskin School of Art/Christ Church) producing an ongoing body of audiovisual work, The Oweds.

Photograph of Amanda Millis

Amanda Millis


Amanda Millis is an artist-writer-educator whose practice explores femme desire, disability, and community-led art making. Shx currently lectures on the Design Foundation at Brunel, and has exhibited, performed, and taught at the Barbican, the ICA, the Tate Modern, Goldsmiths, and UAL, as well as multiple museums, schools, and galleries in the UK, the US, and Palestine.

Photograph of Julia Warr

Julia Warr


Julia Warr (UK/USA) is an artist based in London. She works with painting, performance, acting and film to both control and explore the disconnect between fiction and reality. Her films have been screened internationally, at Whitechapel Gallery and Sadlers Wells (London), and at the 92Y (New York City), and her performances have been hosted by the Serpentine Gallery (London), among other venues.