Co-produced by Entelechy Arts and the Albany, the symposium brought together contributors from Manchester, London and Toyko to explore effective ways in which artists, arts organisations, local authorities, health and other community partners can effectively work together to support isolated older people to connect with, and contribute to, the cultural life of their communities.
2019 – 2020 has witnessed a pivotal moment for the creative ageing movement in the UK. Manchester Museum has launched a new sector support body for the creative ageing field, which aims to develop the legacy of the Baring Foundation’s ten-year investment in the sector. Baring Foundation’s recently published report Older and wiser? has illustrated the powerful impact of creative work on the health and wellbeing of older people. Arts Council England has launched its new 10-year strategy Let’s Create which has an emphasis on greater inclusion and participation for all. The Ageing Well: Creative Ageing and the City Symposium stood at the crossroads drawing on the experiences of three cities, looking back and looking forward.
The symposium was supported by the Mayor of London’s Cultural Team and bought together contributors from London, Manchester and Tokyo.