This year’s Live Age Symposium focusses on the benefits and barriers to engaging older people in artistic and creative activities. It features inspirational speakers and offers exciting opportunities for researchers, practitioners and anyone interested in late life creativity to share knowledge and experiences.
Poetry and Ageing: An Artist’s Perspective: Leah Thorn is a spoken word poet. She was Leverhulme Trust artist-in-residence at the University of Kent Academic Primary Care Unit and the England Centre for Practice Development at Canterbury Christ Church University, where she used poetry to explore the life experiences of older women. At the heart of Leah’s work is the autobiographical exploration of identity and of issues of liberation.
Engagement and Older People: A Researcher's Perspective Dr Anna Goulding is a Research Fellow at the Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing. Her research looks at the processes older people go through as they take part in visual arts opportunities, and the impact that this has on individuals and communities. She will share insights from her work, and also focus on a new five-year project across Greater Manchester called Ambition for Ageing, which involves partnership working with older people to develop projects that reduce loneliness and isolation.
Engagement Priorities: The Arts Council and Older People Philip Cave is Director, Engagement and Audiences for Arts Council England where he is responsible for developing strategies to deliver on their mission of ‘Great Art and Culture for Everyone’. Phil will talk about the thinking behind the joint Arts Council England and Baring Foundation’s new funding programme - Celebrating Age
Ages and Stages at the Live Age Symposium Ages and Stages is a company of older theatre makers based at the New Vic Theatre in Newcastle-under-Lyme. They have created a series of interventions to provoke responses and stimulate debate about what engagement means from the perspective of older people themselves. They will pick up the themes of the symposium, giving you a chance to reflect on what you have heard and twisting it into an active mix of drama, discussion and imaginative enquiry.
Introductions: Prof. Miriam Bernard, Professor of Social Gerontology, Keele University and Festival Co-Director
Discussion Chair: Prof. David Amigoni, Pro Vice Chancellor – Research, Keele University
Symposium participants are invited to join us afterwards in the PMAG café for lunch, entertainment from the Boat Band, and for an afternoon of workshops, performances and discussion.