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We hope to foster an understanding of the value of the arts and creative activity, particularly in a care setting, and demonstrate and celebrate the positive impact of ageing creatively.

What are Artists’ Residencies?

Artists’ residencies are a key way to support artists to take time out, reflect, and potentially build a new body of work. Community-based residencies (such as care homes) also create access to the arts and nurture creativity in those communities.

How do they work?

Visual arts residency in Wexford
For a number of years visual artists across three generations have been invited to stay and work at the Cow House Studios as part of an Age & Opportunity visual arts residency. Past resident artists include: Kathy Prendergast, Richard Gorman, and Eithne Jordan and Tamsin Snow. Read more about this residency here.

Engagement Residency in Kilkenny
Age & Opportunity partners with Kilkenny Collective for Arts Talent (KCAT) each year in order to support partnerships between artists with learning disabilities and professional artists of different backgrounds and skills. KCAT is a dedicated and open-access life-long learning initiative. Engaging in arts initiatives that involve disadvantaged older people is a key objective for Age & Opportunity’s Arts programme.

Artist in Residence in a Care Setting
This initiative aims to nurture a meaningful and sustained creative engagement between an artist (or artists) and the residents, families and staff of care settings. The initiative is intended to support and widen the pool of artists working in care settings, as well as to deepen the valuing of the arts in those settings.

Watch our new video ‘Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway: An Introduction to the Arts’ which aims to further encourage arts participation in care settings using testimonial and footage from previous Age & Opportunity Arts residencies in care settings.

Bealtaine Festival, Fingal County Council and Tyrone Guthrie Centre Residency Award
In 2022 we ran two inaugural, month-long, residencies at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre during May. These residences aim to celebrate and support older artists at all stages of their careers working in literature and visual arts. Watch the in-conversation event with the 2022 recipients, Una Sealy and Thomas Brezing here. The 2023 residency award is now open for applications, read more here. 

Past Residencies

Research

Artist in Residence in a Care Setting initiative research

Care Hubs of Arts & Creative Excellence initiative evaluation

How can I get involved?

Age & Opportunity offers regular residencies, funding dependent. To keep up to date on this, and all our opportunities, sign up to our newsletter at the link in the footer. For the Engagement Residency in Kilkenny, artists are directly selected by KCAT. If you are interested, please contact KCAT: info@kcat.ie.

Click here for more information on creative supports for care homes, including our Arts & Creativity in Care Toolkit.

Contact

For information or support, speak to our Arts team.
 01 805 7713
arts@ageandopportunity.ie

ARTIST DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES: This strand aims to support the careers of older professional artists and offer them more opportunities to develop and show work.

2017 residency in the Orchard Day Centre in Blackrock, with artist Joanna Hopkins.

2017 residency in the Orchard Day Centre in Blackrock, with artist Joanna Hopkins.

2018 residency in St. Joseph's, Shankill with the Fairland Artist Collective

2018 residency in St. Joseph's, Shankill with the Fairland Artist Collective

2019 Residency Programme: 6 Nationwide Residencies

2019 Residency Programme: 6 Nationwide Residencies

Arts Initiatives:

Bealtaine Festival

A month long collaborative festival in May featuring performances, exhibitions, discussions, workshops and readings by artists working in different art forms all over Ireland. Find out more here.

Cultural Companions

Works with the local authorities to create local networks of like-minded people interested in arts and culture who can accompany each other to cultural events. Find out more.

Arts Events Listings

A national arts listings advertising age-friendly events that take place throughout the year (apart from May). Find out more here.

National Arts in Nursing Homes Day

A day that celebrates the creative activity taking place in Irish care settings. Find out more.

Artists' Supports

Age & Opportunity runs a number of initiatives that support artists. Find out more.

Supports for Arts Organisations

Age & Opportunity supports arts organisations through a number of initiatives. Find out more here.

Supports for Care Settings

We have a range of creative supports for care settings. Find out more.

Arts Resources

We have a variety of resources available here.

Arts Initiatives:

Bealtaine Festival

A month long festival in May featuring performances, exhibitions, discussions, workshops and readings by artists, and community groups, working in different art forms all over Ireland. Find out more here.

Cultural Companions

Creates local networks of like-minded people interested in arts and culture who can accompany each other to cultural events. Find out more.

Arts Events Listings

A national arts listings advertising age-friendly events that take place throughout the year (apart from May). Find out more here.

National Arts in Nursing Homes Day

A day that celebrates the creative activity taking place in Irish care settings. Find out more.

Artists' Supports

Age & Opportunity runs a number of initiatives that support artists. Find out more.

Supports for Arts Organisations

Age & Opportunity supports arts organisations through a number of initiatives. Find out more here.

Supports for Care Settings

We have a range of creative supports for care settings. Find out more.

Arts Resources

We have a variety of Arts Resources available here.

We believe that, whether you are 8 or 80 years old, we all should have access and opportunities to attend and participate in the arts and to realise our creative potential. Fresh thinking, bold experimentation and creativity are all fundamental to delivering a high quality of life for older people.

Research shows that arts programmes involving music, visual arts and drama, among other activities, have a profound influence on the quality of life of older people, with positive impacts on health, psychological well-being, confidence and autonomy as well as other benefits such as:

  • happiness
  • mental wellbeing
  • reduced stress
  • improved cognition
  • sense of identity and personhood
  • increased self-esteem and confidence
  • reduced boredom.

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Principal Funders:

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