Live Age Symposium – Arts Engagement and Older People


When? Friday 30th September 2016 , 11.00 am – 1.00 pm

Where? The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent


This year’s Live Age Symposium focuses on the benefits and barriers to engaging older people in artistic and creative activities. It features inspirational speakers and offers exciting opportunities for researchers, practitioners and anyone interested in late life creativity to share knowledge and experiences.

Poetry and Ageing: An Artist’s Perspective

Leah Thorn, spoken word poet and Leverhulme Trust artist-in-residence will be speaking about her use of poetry to explore the life experiences of older women.

Engagement and Older People: A Researcher’s Perspective

Dr Anna Goulding, Research Fellow at the Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing will share insights from her work on visual arts opportunities and focus on Greater Manchester’s new five-year Ambition for Ageing projects to reduce loneliness and isolation.

Engagement Priorities: The Arts Council and Older People

Phil Cave, Director, Engagement and Audiences for Arts Council England will talk about the thinking behind the joint Arts Council England and Baring Foundation’s new funding programme – Celebrating Age

Ages and Stages at the Live Age Symposium

The Ages and Stages Theatre Company have created a series of interventions to provoke responses and stimulate debate about what engagement means from the perspective of older people themselves.


Prof. Miriam Bernard, Professor of Social Gerontology, Keele University and Festival Co-Director

Discussion Chair:

Prof. David Amigoni, Pro Vice Chancellor – Research, Keele University

Symposium participants are invited to join us afterwards in the PMAG café for lunch, entertainment will be provided by the Boat Band, and this will be followed by an afternoon of workshops, performances and discussion.

Invitation to Live Age Symposium Friday 30th Sept 2016


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