National Creative Ageing Conference, Newcastle

Taking a fresh look at ‘What’s Next?’

9.30am – 4.30pm Tuesday, October 10, 2023


Join us this October as we ask what next for Creative Ageing?

This year it’s all about building new partnerships and hearing from those at the forefront of Creative Ageing, the challenges and opportunities being presented.

Together with Arts Council England and Baring Foundation we're bringing together artists , voices with lived experience and from the care, health and cultural sectors. This is an opportunity to share ideas, reflect on the past three years and build a collective sense of "What next?" for the Creative Ageing movement nationally.

What you can expect?

Centred on the themes of Agency and Voice, Ageing Well, Place and Community and Cultural Venues, you’ll develop ideas, make contacts, hear from those engaged in Creative Ageing and be inspired to make positive change.

Across the day we’ll have 20 sessions, featuring practical creative activities, Q&A panels and presentations.

Sharing the stage alongside participants, we’ll hear from care, health and cultural sector representatives with discussions and provocations from older artists, poets and arts organisations.

Tickets to the conference are free and can be booked via the Eventbrite ballot from July 28, 2023. We’ll also have a digital ticket for those unable to make the journey in person.

Theme One: Cultural Venues

  • Stages: Older People’s experiences of theatre, creativity and collaboration. New Vic Theatre, Northern Stage and the Royal Shakespeare Company
  • New Audiences, Near and Far. Workshop by The Whitworth and MIMA.
  • Verbal and non-verbal music in dementia care. Workshop with Music for Life (Wigmore Hall) and Equal Arts' Care Home Choir
  • Does ageism persist in cultural organisations? Panel discussion with AIM, North East Cultural Partnership and Newcastle Creates
  • The value of Friends (to cultural venues). Workshop hearing the voice of user-led groups.

Theme Two: Ageing Well

  • Reflections of poet Jackie Kay
  • How can creative ageing deliver against the UK's Creative Industry Strategy? Presentation by Tim Joss, Chief Executive and Founder of Aesop Arts and Society
  • 'Help' – Addressing representations and the valuing of care staff in care homes. Workshop by Dr Anna Goulding, three activity coordinators and Living Words
  • Hitting the right note - differing approaches to music in communities. Workshop by String of Hearts and Celebrating Age Wiltshire
  • Older people, artists and addiction recovery. Workshop by Recovery Artist Network.

Theme Three: Place and Community

  • Room for one more? The dynamic of Adult Social Care, Public Health, creativity and multidisciplinary teams. Presentation by Service Directors,  Gateshead Adult Social Care and Public Health
  • Dancing up a storm - finding our physical voice. Workshop by Moving Memory Dance, Yorkshire Dance and Green Candle Dance
  • Fire in the Belly: Engaging under-represented older people and supporting them to develop as cultural leaders. Workshop by Unfolding Theatre, Elders Council of Newcastle and the Royal Exchange Manchester
  • Creativity making a space for relationship-centred care. Workshop by Mah Rana and Prof Andrew Newman.
  • Collections, collectives and curators - making the most of archives. Workshop by Equal Arts and New Vic Theatre.

Theme Four: Voice and Agency

  • Portrait of an Older Artist. Chaired discussion by Sean O'Brien, Sam, Ainsley and David Almond
  • Make it Work - amplifying voice. Workshop by The Performance Ensemble and Hoot Creative Arts
  • At what age do we start ageing creatively? Workshop by Magic Me and London Bubble
  • Age OK - nudging in creativity. Presentation by Age UK Oxford, Age UK Bristol and Leah Thorn
  • Our Experiences, Our Voice. Workshop by older people engaged in creative activities.