Adding years to life – and life to years

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17 Sep 2015

When will all commissioners recognise that activities like dancing and singing help maintain older people’s quality of life and independence, asks Jessica Harris.

Active ageing

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02 Jul 2015

What better place to learn about using the arts to help older people and those with dementia than in Japan, where a quarter of people are over 65. Nick Ponsillo reports on his recent trip.

Getting granny into Gormley

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25 Jun 2015

Is it worth explaining conceptual contemporary art to ‘old age’ pensioners? Anna Goulding’s research suggests it might be.

Who are the commissioners?

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30 Apr 2015

Linden Rowley explores who the commissioners of public services are, where to find them and how arts and cultural organisations can best talk to them.

Demonstrating impact

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14 Jan 2015

A number of challenges face arts and cultural organisations trying to show their impact on public service outcomes. Jessica Harris examines the types of evidence that commissioners want and looks at ways in which arts and cultural organisations have risen to the challenge of providing it.

Getting to grips with commissioning

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14 Nov 2014

In a new series exploring opportunities for arts organisations, museums and library services to engage in public service commissioning, Jessica Harris explains the importance of understanding the outcomes commissioners are looking for.

Inquiry reveals barriers to growing giving

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13 Jun 2014

Culture Minister pours scorn on fundraising challenges in the arts, but a Parliamentary inquiry concludes that structural factors are hindering a national culture of giving.

Organisations to share £1m fund for arts and older people

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19 Dec 2013

Four projects will provide greater access to the arts for people living in residential and nursing homes.

£1m fund to get elderly people involved in the arts

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12 Apr 2013

The money will support partnerships involving arts organisations and residential care providers to deliver four major projects.

Becoming dementia friendly

Dementia week live drawing at The Courtyard
19 Feb 2013

The Courtyard in Herefordshire is the first arts venue to sign up to the Dementia Action Alliance and Alice Saunders hopes it leads where others will follow in improving accessibility for affected families.

Old and young unite

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04 Feb 2013

Jane Coyle tells how DU Dance’s inter-generational programme has recently seen a dance performance by women of all ages, including some in their eighties.

Paying for the positive impact

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31 Jan 2013

Although there is increasing interest from health and social care providers in engaging older people in arts activity, a huge challenge is paying for it. Damian Hebron and Karen Taylor summarise a report they have written on this issue.

Playing in old age

31 Jan 2013

Paul Cann believes that the longstanding exclusion of older people from the arts will be changing thanks to a new online initiative which promotes everything from projects to resources to jobs.

Long live senior creativity

Burbank Senior Artsist Colony
16 Oct 2012

Philip Thomas spent five weeks on a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust travel fellowship researching the American senior theatre movement. He reflects on the sensitive issue of labelling older people.

Art on prescription

21 May 2012

By collaborating with staff at local doctors’ surgeries, Dulwich Picture Gallery has found a sustainable channel for reaching out to isolated elderly individuals. Madeline Adeane explains

Drama with dementia

21 May 2012

Lowri Evans explains how the Library Theatre Company is engaging older people with memory loss through storytelling

Bridging the gap

19 Mar 2012

Mark Powell finds it exhilarating to see the generations working side by side at Salisbury Playhouse

AgeQuake / ArtsQuake

19 Mar 2012

Our average age is increasing. Sherry de Wynter calls the arts and cultural sector into action and reveals the intergenerational projects already bettering lives in Manchester

A moving experience

19 Mar 2012

‘Wellbeing’ is the newest buzzword in the arts, and arts charity Salamander Tandem is proving that a programme of movement can help older people improve their quality of life. Esther Harris explains

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