Older Women Rock!

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Thorn L

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This report documents the first-ever “Older Women Rock!” Festival, produced by spoken word poet, Leah Thorn. The festival grew out of a ten month Leverhulme Trust artist residency that Leah undertook in 2015.
Through the media of a pop-up exhibition, a programme of talks, film screenings and multi-arts workshops, (combining textiles, poetry and crafts) the festival creatively celebrated “early old age” women, challenging their perceived invisibility, and the assumptions and prejudices which women may face.
Topics included: the lack of older women in the media or the misrepresentation of older women as a stereotype or joke; how the beauty industry profits from older women’s insecurity; poverty in relation to pension contributions and child-raising; dealing with physical changes; being a carer.
The report describes the evolution of the festival, and charts the engagement with local community groups to bring the project to fruition, as well as outcomes and outreach.

Main Focus: Wellbeing / Quality of life

Context: Community

Participant Group: Adults

Art Forms: Multi-Arts

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