Would you care to…

Take a half-hour glimpse into the lives of sisters Gemma and Katherine, as they discuss care, their shifting relationship and their love of a cuddle. Expect dancing and sewing, laughter and tears and a song about the many frustrations, big and small, that Gemma experiences living as a Disabled person in an ableist world.

When artist Katherine asked her sister Gemma if she’d like to make something together, she said yes. After a five-year exploration into their unique relationship, during which Katherine moved back home, Gemma became an Auntie, and the world experienced a global pandemic, they’ve made this interactive film and accompanying booklet.

Would you care to… is a chance to slow down, think about those you care for and to make a bookmark for them. Enjoy a sing-a-long with Gemma and Katherine, and have a giggle and a good cry while you’re doing it. We hope you’ll feel like you’ve had a warm hug, maybe the first one in a long time.

This work was commissioned by HOME and has been supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and by Yorkshire Dance, South East Dance and The Lowry.

We’ve been commissioned!

We’re so excited to share with you that HOME Manchester has commissioned us to make a digital work. We’ll be creating new footage and using content from our previous research to make a 30-minute film with accompanying booklet.

We can’t wait to be working together again, it’s been a tough time for everyone and hopefully we’ll be able to work safely during these times to make something great! Gemma and Katherine x

The next stage

Gemma and I continued to work on our Sisters project this year. Here’s a few snaps from our day in the recording studio and our sharing at Yorkshire Dance. As you can see we love a matching t-shirt… I mean, why not?

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This project was generously supported by Yorkshire Dance, South East Dance, Dance Manchester, The Lowry and using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

A review of sorts…

As part of our project, Gemma and I went to see Arthur Pita’s Stepmother/Stepfather at The Lowry. Here’s what Gemma thought of the show:

It was a nice performance. It was nice seeing ladies or other sisters performing.

Without giving too much away, the first half was about sisters and Snow White doing some kind of sister acting or dancing. Then the second half of the show was a family dance and a mother + daughter and a father + son dance. Well that’s what I saw it as anyway.

From where we were sat it looked like a jungle scene in the second half, because after the main curtain moved there was another kind of curtain with monkeys, birds and a face of an ape. But the first act was black with Snow White in a yellow dress with a red ribbon and make up on.

It made me feel slightly chilly, it was a very good performance. There was only one act at the very end that nearly brought me to tears.

Sisters Q+A

Sisters Research Q&A
Tuesday 20th June at 6pm at The Met, Bury
Book here


Sisters Gemma and Katherine have been doing some research together on their unique relationship. We’ve had lots to talk about as we’ve known each other for nearly 30 years. Topics have included care (giving and receiving), jealousy, disability, Michael Jackson, films, being normal, sprouts, our new niece Iris and dancing.

We’d love for you to join us for a drink and a natter about what we’ve discovered so far.

Gemma is a huge Michael Jackson fan with a love for sprouts. She lives in a bungalow in Bury supported by carers and is nearly 40.

Katherine is a professional dancer with a love for tea and cake. She lives in London with her husband Jack and is nearly 30. www.katherinehollinson.com

This project is supported by The Met, Dance Manchester and using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.