Using a bespoke arts programme we are aiming to address some of the issues that can affect an ageing population of a city. We want to help improve the social well-being of older people and make our over 60's more visible and active in society.
Our belief is that cultural engagement at any age underpins emotional stability and benefits health and wellbeing.
The ArtSpeak programme will cover the following strands of activity:
ArtSpeak Create – hands on workshops ie. Painting, drawing, paper craft, printing, mosaic making
ArtSpeak Participate – Dance classes, theatre pieces, photography classes
ArtSpeak Collaborate – intergenerational and co-producing arts projects working alongside a variety of artists and recruiting older artists to work with us
ArtSpeak Live – music, theatre, choirs, poetry slams, stand up comedy and dance performances
ArtSpeak Meets – gallery walkthroughs, workshops in cultural venues, and group visits to other cultural venues, cities and places
"Man does not cease to play because he grows old, he grows old because he ceases to play" George Bernard Shaw
ArtSpeak is an arts strand of Radford Care Group. Established in 1968 Radford Care Group was a place for older people in the area to come together to socialise, make friends and engage in a variety of activities. It is very much the same today with four distinct service areas: The Care Group, offering respite care, a Friendship Group that meet on a daily basis to socialise and enjoy a programme of games, and arts and crafts activities. A Carers Forum, offering information, support and advice for people caring for a loved one who is living with dementia.
The fourth is ArtSpeak, a peripatetic arts programme made possible by Big Lottery Funding and underpinned by the same principals of friendship and socialisation for people to access in their local area. Using the arts as a tool to generate social capacity, new groups will be established in a range of community settings as a way to help people get out, get active and enjoy a fulfilled life.