Everyone has a fundamental right to take part in cultural activities. Arts and culture also bring benefits in terms of personal health, happiness and wellbeing. That participating in the arts can enhance the lives of older people has now been made by a growing body of evidence and authoritatively reiterated in 2017 in a report by the UK All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Well-being and Health.
However, old age can be an isolating and lonely time and many older people find it hard to get to activities that suit their experience, capabilities and interests. Since 2010, we have focused our arts programme on participatory arts with people over the age of 60 facing disadvantage or discrimination.