Age & Opportunity
Here you can find resources developed by our Arts Programme. Our Arts Programme supports the participation and representation of all older people in cultural and creative life in Ireland.
Toolkits & Guidance
How We Age Image Gallery – This gallery of images seeks to capture the lived experience of older people.
Arts & Creative Charter for Older People – the arts sector’s commitment to promoting key values and guiding principles in engaging with older people.
A Toolkit for Arts & Creativity in Care Settings – a practical guide to making the arts and creativity part of everyday life in a care setting.
Guidelines for working with Older People and the Arts – for people of all ages who organise arts and cultural
events that involve older people as organisers, artists, participants or audience.
I Love Museums but they Don’t Love Me – An Information Sheet on Arts, Ageing an Access
Mind Your Language – an Age & Opportunity language guide for private and public conversations with and about older persons.
Resources for organising Bealtaine Festival events – a link to our website bealtaine.ie for Ireland’s national celebration of the arts and creativity as we age.
Writings and Reflection
“Lust for Life” – Bealtaine Theme Essay 2024-2026 – by Liz McManus
Experience 2023 Reflection – by Noelle Brown, 2023
A Life Fully Lived – by Laurence McKeown, Creative Ageing Writing Award Recipient, 2023
Creaking – by Noelle Brown, Creative Ageing Writing Award Recipient, 2022
Experience 2022 Reflection – by Helen Meany, 2022
Reflections of a Theatre Maker – by Michelle Read, Creative Ageing Writing Award Recipient, 2021
We Have Each Other Still – by Theo Dorgan, 2021
Reading between the Lines – A reflective report on ‘Experience: An Introduction to Arts, Health and Older People’ by Mary Grehan, 2021
Well Into Older Age, 2010
Creative Exchanges, 2007
Age & Opportunity’s Arts Events Listing – a national listing of cultural events welcoming to older people.
Shift in Perspective – An Arts & Disability Resource Pack – Arts & Disability Ireland
HSE – Places to Flourish – a pattern based approach to foster change in residential care
Cultural Reflections – Scaling up Health/Arts programmes – report by Carolina Estevao et al
Baring Foundation – Each Breath is Valuable – evaluation of arts in care homes programme
Baring Foundation – Treasury of Arts Activities for Older People – 50 activities, long and short, for use in any setting with older people
A Handbook for Cultural Engagement with Older Men – a guide to involving older men in the arts.
Review of the Impact of Participatory Arts on Older People – Mental Health Foundation report
Challenging Ageism – a guide to talking about ageism and older age produced by the UK’s Centre for Ageing Better.