Untitled (Anne and Hannah) is an interview with my mother recorded in July 2016. My mother has worked in social care for all of her adult life, and her work has had a continual presence in my life. As a child she started her own care business in the attic of our house, and I watched (and continue to watch) her deal with problems out of office hours when ‘on call’. As an adult we regularly talk about the issues relating to social care, and in July – August 2016 I worked part time in her office (no longer in the attic of our house). I have watched her fiercely and relentlessly protect and fight for some of the most vulnerable people in our society. And as I have grown into an adult I have realised the invisibleness of social care and the women who do it (there are some male carers but very few). Often the work they are doing are the things that women are expected to do daily with little recognition – emotional and practical care. And so, social care reflects the social value give to ‘women’s work’, which is very little both in monetary and status terms.
As I have developed my artistic practice I have understood that my creative work, and the things that drive it, have been impacted by the fact that my mother’s work has been so present in my life. The specifics of this impact are hard to untangle but put simply both of our work is focussed on human experience and recognising complexity.
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interest in caring began aged 7 when she joined the St John’s Ambulance despite the official joining age being 11! After leaving school she trained at Stockport College, going on to work for local authorities in a variety of settings, including with children and people with learning difficulties, finally specialising in the care of older people. She has both professional qualifications and considerable management experience in all aspects of Social Care. Her qualifications include, amongst others, a B.A. (Hons.) degree in Social Care. Anne is an active member of her local community – she served as a governor at St Anne’s RC High School for 12 years, is part of the Four Heatons Traders Association and is a committed member of her church community.
Hannah Buckley is a performer and maker based in the North of England (graduating from the Northern School of Contemporary Dance in 2010 she obtained a BPA in Contemporary Dance).
She makes work about human experience from a personal perspective. She is interested in the complexity of human co existence – questioning the way we live and creating space to imagine new realities. She uses imagery, stories and movement to express real experiences and contemporary issues. She hopes her work is honest and thought provoking, with a sense of humour. She has an ongoing collaboration with her twin sister, a photographer based in NYC. To date her work is supported by Yorkshire Dance, Dance Manchester, The Place, Greenwich Dance, TripSpace, Dance4 and Leeds Beckett University. She has been funded multiple times by Arts Council England’.