Age Friendly Manchester - Arts and Culture
Cultural organisations across Manchester and Salford, including museums, orchestras, theatres and participatory arts organisations, regularly come together to share ideas, review and develop age-friendly work and explore new partnerships and programmes. The ambition is to create scope and scale through partnership working and in so doing, reach those who participate least in cultural activity.
The Whitworth's regular Age Friendly Programme:
Try your hand at a range of traditional skills including textiles, sculpture, printing and many others. Every session is facillitated by an artist who will introduce a different technique.
Fridays, 2pm - 4pm. FREE.
(Except during school holidays)
Clore Learning Studio, all materials supplied.
20 and 27 April
4, 11 and 18 May
22 and 29 June
6, 13 and 20 July
Booking essential as these sessions are very popular, with a limited number of places available. You will need to book for each session you wish to attend (due to its popularity, you will not be able to book ahead for the whole season of Handmade). To book or for further details on Handmade or any other Age Friendly activities please get in touch with our Age Friendly Coordinator, Claire Cowell.
By email: firstname.lastname@example.org
By text message: 07776 170 688
Age Friendly Culture Research Projects:
A Handbook for Cultural Engagement with Older Men
During the closure of the Whitworth in 2014, we turned our attention to addressing a traditionally under-represented audience within cultural activities, older men. On Friday the 8th of May 2015, the Whitworth played host and participated in a conference developed by MICRA exploring social isolation and older men which also saw the launch of the new publication, A Handbook for Cultural Engagement.
The project was led by Ed Watts, Engagement Manager at the Whitworth, who travelled across the UK researching older men’s participation in cultural activity. Funded by the Baring Foundation. He launched his findings in this publication designed to provide a foundation for future programmes and methodologies when working with older men. Drawing on activity across the UK – Burrell for Blokes (Glasgow), Men’s Shed (Rhyl), Green Candle (London), Out in the City (Manchester), Grand Gestures (Gateshead), Live and Learn project (Belfast), the publication outline key findings, including a focus on recruitment (barriers); programming and participation (what kind of activities and models of participation older men would like cultural organisations to offer) and impact (exploring the motivations and self-reported benefits for older men of engaging in cultural group activities).
The official launch took place at the MICRA event, “Isolation and Older Men: Understanding the Challenge and Developing New Services”.
The publication includes a commissioned work by poet Tony Curry, as seen below.