Gallery and beyond: training to transform arts for older adults

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Weiner M

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Winston Churchill Memorial Trust

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This report documents a Travelling Fellowship project, funded by The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust and The Baring Foundation. Building on her experience running the ‘Good Times: Art for Older People’ programme at the Dulwich Picture Gallery, the fellowship enabled the author to work with and alongside twenty-two art-based programmes for older adults and/or people with dementia in museums and galleries in America and Australia.

The report seeks to address the following questions relating to working with arts and older people in galleries:
• How are art organisations around the world responding to a growing ageing population?
• What impact does this have (or could it have) on museums/galleries?
• What can museums offer older adults? A look at the breadth of programming to share a programme-wide definition of ‘best practice’.
• Are there organisational models of arts for older people that are sustainable?
• How are workshops, training and evaluative resources used to share best practice, deliver projects with confidence and improve arts for older adults?
• How do these programmes impact on community and contribute to museums’ ability to innovate, remain resilient and relevant?

Evidence Type: Qualitative Research

Main Focus: Wellbeing / Quality of life

Research Purpose: Discussion / Debate

Context: Community

Participant Group: Older Adults

Art Forms: Museums

Access Type: Free Download

APA Citation:

Weiner M. (2014). Gallery and beyond: Training to transform arts for older adults. London: Winston Churchill Memorial Trust.