Our joint story started after we were connected by Lucie from Artspace Lifespace. Carina had started using creative writing to explore her passion: highlighting the lives of carers (unpaid). Tina had discovered, through her women’s project, that many female carers felt isolated, and she wanted to do something about it. In a warm cafe on a rainy day, Carina and Tina found they ignited each other’s need to create change for this marginalised group, and so their march began.
Carer (Unpaid) and Writer
Carina Andrews is a carer (unpaid) and has been since the age of 5, first for her mother who has complex mental health needs, and then her father who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s. Despite major disruptions to her education and social life, Carina completed a degree in Creative Art Therapies with a top-up in Child and Adolescent Mental Health. She understands the challenges faced by carers from both her own personal experience and her professional practice and is perfectly placed to open up the conversation around this complicated and challenging subject.
Tina Gue has 30 years of experience as a commercial photographer. She originally trained in journalistic photography; alongside her commercial work, she has maintained a creative practice in documentary photography working with prisoners in Indonesia, Thai kickboxers in Cambodia, and ballet students in Poland. Her most recent work, This Is Us – a photographic exhibition of women aged 40 and over embracing life – showcased over 140 portraits at The Vestibules in celebration of International Women’s Day. She has exhibited at The British Embassy in Nicaragua, Jakarta, Bristol, and Wrington. She also works part time as a care worker.