We're working with a group of young carers to help them transform their unique lived experiences into art.
The project, with Warwickshire Young Carers, was inspired by the two sisters in My Neighbour Totoro. While the sisters' mother is away, the elder sister, Satsuki, takes a caregiving role towards her younger sister, Mei.
Nine young people, aged seven to 14, from Warwickshire are taking part in the Like I Care project. They all have caring responsibilities, helping to look after members of their families as part of their everyday lives.
The young carers recently took part in workshops at the RSC where they began to create art that reflects their everyday lives as carers. They were guided by spoken-word practitioner and Birmingham Poet Laureate Finalist Kurly McGeachie and designers Pickle Illustration. The items and activities reflected in the final artworks are all informed by the stories shared, from changing a washing machine filter to reading a sibling a story.
You can now see the finished work alongside the production at the Barbican mezzanine level, next to the shop and in Bell Court on Stratford-upon-Avon High Street.
We'd love it if you could take a minute to share your thoughts on each of the installations.
Like I Care is co-created by Warwickshire Young Carers, an independent charity that aims to help make a difference to the lives of young people who are responsible for caring for someone.
Like I Care is supported by Stratford Town Trust.
My Neighbour Totoro opened at the Barbican, London on 8 October 2022.