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18 July 2019

Strengthening the voice of older people through the arts

Roisín McDonough, Chief Executive, Arts Council of Northern Ireland
The pioneering work funded through ACNI's Arts & Older People programme has brought the arts, health and care worlds together to offer numerous creative opportunities, challenge stereotypes, and tackle the problem of loneliness.
4 June 2019

Blow the dust off your trumpet (or ukulele)!

David Cutler
Orchestras and bands are increasingly engaging older people in their work - from comfortable concerts to Ukulele bands to working with composers. David Cutler rounds up a few of his favourites.
15 May 2019

Exploring social isolation through art in the older Chinese community

Zoe Dunbar, Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art
Older Chinese communities in the UK often experience high levels of social and cultural isolation. The Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art in Manchester is exploring how it can re-engage with its older people through art.
9 May 2019

Music for Dementia 2020 – join our musical dementia movement

Grace Meadows
Grace Meadows, Programme Director for Music for Dementia 2020, encourages you to join the musical dementia movement and talks about how we can all help to make music available for everyone living with dementia.
3 May 2019

Our Dementia Choir – our Dementia Creative Movement

Harriet Lowe & David Cutler
If you've been inspired by Our Dementia Choir on BBC 1 this week, we've put some resources together to signpost you to dementia-friendly music and arts activities, whether you're looking to participate or develop them!
27 March 2019

Quality films and friendship at the Senior Citizen Kane Club in Dundee

Alice Black, Dundee Contemporary Arts
The Senior Citizen Kane Club shows a wide range of films from new releases, to mainstream and art-house films, and attracts around 3,500 visitors a year. Alice Black of Dundee Contemporary Arts explains their approach.
8 March 2019

Creative ageing: a photograph album

David Cutler
David Cutler reflects on the importance of photography as an art form for creative ageing and its representation in our grant portfolio and beyond.
21 February 2019

Using digital tools for creative activities can help make older people’s time together richer

Chris Rolls, 64 Million Artists
64 Million Artists are using digital tools to engage isolated older people in Leicester in creative activity, and for the Celebrating Age programme, turning Gateshead's libraries into places for older residents to make and exhibit.
8 February 2019

Stratford Arts Social’s regular arts clubs offer opportunities for creativity and friendship

Colette Auer, Stratford Circus
Stratford Circus is using its Celebrating Age funding to run regular arts and social clubs for the over-60s in Newham, East London, where older people are often particularly affected by the problems of poverty and loneliness.
25 January 2019

Gloriously individual – creative ageing and diversity

David Cutler
How inclusive are we? David Cutler looks at how the Arts & Older People programme has sought to think about diversity among older people.