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ERIC Number: EJ1105831
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1356-9783
Coming of Age: Arts Practice with Older People in Private and Domestic Spaces
McAvinchey, Caoimhe
Research in Drama Education, v18 n4 p359-373 2013
Britain's ageing population reflects an international trend--more people are living for longer. Whilst government grapples with the economic and social impact of this demographic revolution, social justice and equality charities advocate for greater recognition of the contribution that an ageing population brings to society, not just the health, welfare and pension problems to be addressed because of it. In the United Kingdom, there has been, over the past decade, a significant expansion in arts practice that specifically engages with older people as participants. There is a rich array of work in public spaces, from community centres to cultural collection contexts such as museums, libraries and heritage sites. This work has some degree of visibility with research evidencing its contribution to the cultural and social landscape of people's lives, having considerable health and well-being benefits that, in turn, are of economic benefit to society. However, this work in public spaces is only available to people who can physically access it. Within an ageing population there has been a significant rise in the number of people over 75 who are living alone or in residential care, increasingly isolated because of physical and mental health problems, a gap in support networks and a lack of confidence in their ability to navigate the world beyond the domestic. Can and should cultural organisations step beyond group projects in public venues to develop one-to-one work in intimate, private and domestic spaces? What are the implications of arts practice in people's home or private rooms in residential care? What new understandings do they reveal about innovations in form, artistic labour practices and cultural organisations' capacity? This article examines these questions through two projects, "This is My Life" (2007-2008) and "Pen Friends" (2006-2009), developed by Magic Me, a London-based organisation specialising in intergenerational arts practice and work with older people.
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom; United Kingdom (London)
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