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Quite an adventure: lessons from digital arts projects with older people

This short report summarises the findings of an evaluation of the Digital Arts and Creative Ageing (DACA) Programme, funded by the Baring Foundation and the Nominet Trust (now ‘Social Tech Trust’). The evaluation was carried out by Imogen Blood, Lorna Easterbrook, and Mark Robinson, of Imogen Blood & Associates and focused on how the use ... Read more


Published: 2019 | Resource type: Research

Treasury of arts activities for older people

A treasury of arts activities for older people. 50 activities, long and short for use with older people in any setting. Published by The Baring Foundation. Written by Liz Postlethwaite


Published: 2019 | Resource type: Guide/tools

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Older Audiences Engagement Snapshot 2018

The first in a series of snapshots by The Audience Agency focused on engaging audiences with specific profiles and needs


Published: 2018 | Resource type: Research

The Role of Local Authorities in Creative Ageing

Second edition of the report by The Baring Foundation, written by David Cutler with new case studies from councils across the UK


Published: 2017 | Resource type: Research

Late Opening: Arts and Older People in Scotland

Andrew Eaton-Lewis, commissioned by the Baring Foundation and Luminate, has written a report on the numerous projects across Scotland that are, in diverse and sometimes groundbreaking ways, supporting older people in engaging with the arts.


Published: 2017 | Resource type: Research

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Age-Friendly Case Study: St George’s Bristol The Dunkirk Miracle

Laura Tanner shares the learning from a project at St George’s Bristol, which brought together secondary school students and older people from their community.


Published: 2017 | Resource type: Case studies

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Age-Friendly Case Study: Wolverhampton Arts and Heritage ArtsinMind

Thanh Sinden shares the learning from a programme of activities for older people and those living with dementia.


Published: 2017 | Resource type: Case studies

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Age-Friendly Standards

Demonstrate that your organisation values all generations by signing up to the Family Arts Campaign’s Age-Friendly Standards.


Published: 2017 | Resource type: Guide/tools

A Handbook for Cultural Engagement

A Handbook for Cultural Engagement with Older Men

A collections of case studies, lessons and top tips on engaging older men in cultural activities.


Published: 2015 | Resource type: Guide/tools

Shine A Light

Shine A Light: a participation film project for the over 60s

Learn from Derby QUAD’s experience of engaging and working with over 60-year-olds in a participatory filmmaking project.


Published: 2016 | Resource type: Case studies

Dance to Health classes improve health and wellbeing of older people

Discover top tips for recruiting participants for older people projects and responding to health and social issues. Plus gain valuable insight into Grants for the Arts funded projects.


Published: 2016 | Resource type: Case studies

Becoming a dementia friendly arts venue

Becoming a Dementia Friendly Arts Venue: A Practical Guide

This practical guide is designed to help arts venue managers and staff make the environment, facilities and programming of arts venues accessible to people with dementia.


Published: 2015 | Resource type: Guide/tools

Adding years to life – and life to years

The Cultural Commissioning Programme is a three-year programme running from July 2013 to June 2016, funded by Arts Council England. The programme works to help the arts and cultural sector engage in public sector commissioning and to enable public service commissioners to increase their awareness of the potential for arts and cultural organisations to deliver their outcomes. ... Read more


Published: 2015 | Resource type: Guide/tools

Policies for the people

The Cultural Commissioning Programme is a three-year programme running from July 2013 to June 2016, funded by Arts Council England.The programme works to help the arts and cultural sector engage in public sector commissioning and to enable public service commissioners to increase their awareness of the potential for arts and cultural organisations to deliver their outcomes. In this ... Read more


Published: 2015 | Resource type: article

Targeting the growing retired audience

A case study about study days led by theatre professionals for older people in partnership with the University of the Third Age. Workshops on topics as varied as playwriting, directing, costume and make-up have proved very popular with this older age group.


Published: 2013 | Resource type: Case studies

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Developing older people's digital literacy through creative engagement

FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) is the UK’s leading media arts centre based in Liverpool. Can you hear me? I can see you! was FACT’s year-long programme working with residents of Sheltered Housing across Liverpool, Wigan and Warrington. Supported by the Baring Foundation, the programme set out to build the digital literacy of the ... Read more


Published: 2013 | Resource type: Case studies

Arts Engagement with older people and families

Twelve case studies of arts engagement projects working with older people and families in London. The case studies share the learning from Audiences London’s Family Advocates Programme, BAC’s work with non-professional older artists, a skills exchange with Building Exploratory, an architecture centre and Cubitt, a gallery and studios regarding work with older audiences, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra & Tate ... Read more


Published: 2011 | Resource type: Case studies

Encouraging older people to engage with culture

This report details the results from a project to increase engagement with the arts and culture among older people in Manchester. The scheme targeted ‘gatekeepers’ and turned them into ambassadors for culture at 15 venues around the city, including arts centres, theatres, museums and galleries. The resource introduces the Valuing Older People: Culture Champions scheme, and ... Read more


Published: 2012 | Resource type: Research

Baby boomer generation; issues of an ageing population

This report is an attempt to bring together what we know about the baby boomer population’s attitudes and to map it against some of the key challenges that an ageing society presents. It argues that the principles of social equality, sustainability and quality should be placed at the heart of the political agenda. It offers a list of ... Read more


Published: 2003 | Resource type: article

Engaging older people with culture

Cultural organisations are considering the impact that an ageing society will have on the sector. In this useful pack you’ll find resources to help you be ‘bolder and wiser’ in your approaches with this audience. It includes facts and figures, cultural engagement information and a list of potential partner organisations who work with older people.


Published: 2009 | Resource type: Guide/tools