Age Friendly – Online
The Whitworth's regular Age Friendly Programme: Handmade
Emergent Strategy: Creativity and Ageing
Tuesday 18 May, 2-4pm
Free, booking essential, click this link for more information
This event is a project led by the Whitworth ARTivists and is part of the ongoing Age-Friendly Whitworth Older Artists research project. The research has explored how we can, not only support older people as participants but also how we champion the work of older artists.
Taking ‘emerging artist’ as a theme for an online (zoom) panel discussion with a focus on practicing older women artists to explore this further.
For context for this is based on the visual arts long-held emphasis on 'the new', being associated with emerging or ‘young’ whilst it has also traditionally viewed older artists, through the practice of the retrospective.
Join us for a lively and interesting debate facilitated by artist Ekua Bayunu and the ARTivists.
The panel includes artist Alice Kettle. Alice is a British contemporary textile artist. She is focused upon stitched textiles, a powerful medium through which to explore themes of cultural heritage, journeys, and displacement.
Alice Kettle is currently a Professor in Textile Arts in MIRIAD Manchester School of Art at Manchester Metropolitan University.
Handmade – Online*
Sociable craft workshops for adults aged 50+
On Fridays, 2-4pm
In 6 week blocks, term-time only
Free, booking essential see details below
Please note: Sessions are currently held as closed zoom sessions.
**Open zoom sessions will take place once a month on the following dates:
Friday 29 January 2021
Friday 26 February 2021
Friday 26 March 2021
To book a place email Claire Cowell, see full contact details below. Please include your name, address, phone number and confirm that you are aged 50+
Join us and try your hand at a range of arts and craft skills from; printing to felt making and more. Each season we will focus on a different technique with an artist who will introduce and guide you through the processes.
Artist-led sessions. Booking essential and on a week-by-week basis.
Handmade 2020-2021 dates
Handmade Block 1 - past dates for ref:
Fridays: 11, 18 & 25 September 2020
Fridays: 2, 9 & **23 October 2020
Handmade Block 2 - past dates for ref:
Fridays: 13, 20 & **27 November 2020
Fridays: 4, 11 & **18 December 2020
Handmade Block 3 - past dates for ref:
Fridays: 8, 15, 22 & **29 January 2021
Fridays: 5 February 2021
Handmade Block 4 - past dates for ref:
Fridays: **26, February 2021
Fridays: 5, 12, 19 & **26 March 2021
Handmade Block 5
Fridays: 23 & 30 April 2021
Fridays: 7, 14 & 21 May 2021
Handmade Block 6
Fridays: 11, 18 & 25 June 2021
Fridays: 2 & 9 July 2021
Email Claire Cowell to book your free place or send a text message to: 07776 170 688
Please include your name, address, phone number and confirm that you are aged 50+.
For further details about Handmade or any other Age Friendly activities please get in touch with our Age Friendly Coordinator, Claire Cowell.
*Please note: All Whitworth events are run on the understanding that all participants will be respectful and thoughtful to others. It is our responsibility to create spaces online that are welcoming and safe. Any behaviour that affects our ability to maintain such values will not be tolerated and attendees will be removed by the host.
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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 8 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 - click this link to find out more.