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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.

What’s Next? Arts & Ageing Resources e-publication, 2023

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

Research

Creative Enquiry Resources, 2023

Research on digital access and older persons throughout Ireland using personal and public involvement (PPI) as a core principle, March 2022

Evaluation of Care Hubs of Arts and Creative Excellence Initiatives, August 2021

Age & Opportunity Residency Evaluation, 2020

Bealtaine Festival Evaluation: 2022, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2008

Creative Enquiry – Artist Residency & Older People Engagement Project

Well Into Older Age, 2010

Creative Exchanges, 2007

Videos

Bealtaine Discussion Series 2023

Bealtaine Discussion Series 2022

Bealtaine Discussion Series 2021

The Gathering 2021 Full Playlist

The Gathering 2020

A Toolkit for Arts & Creativity in Care Settings – instructional videos

Isabelle Gaborit at the Bealtaine festival Gathering, 2011

Useful Links

Ireland:

Age & Opportunity’s Arts Events Listing – a national listing of cultural events welcoming to older people.

Tilda:  Creative Activity in the Ageing Population – report

Arts & Health Coordinators Ireland – Mapping Arts & Health Activity in Ireland (2019) – report and infographic

IMMA – Arts & Ageing Outcome Report

ACHI Infographic (Portrait orientation)

Department of Health, Positive Ageing National Report 2016

Anam Beo – Guidelines for Artists working in Healthcare 2015

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

Strictly Active Dance Toolkit

International:

Cultural Reflections – Scaling up Health/Arts programmes – report by Carolina Estevao et al

University of Sheffield – Creative Lives: Dismantling Ageism in the Professional Art World – report

Creative Ageing in Finland (Baring Foundation) – report

Baring Foundation – Each Breath is Valuable – evaluation of arts in care homes programme

A summary of Age UK’s Index of Wellbeing in Later Life

Baring Foundation – Treasury of Arts Activities for Older People – 50 activities, long and short, for use in any setting with older people

Baring Foundation – Ageing Artfully

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.

University of Sheffield – Creative Lives: Dismantling Ageism in the Professional Art World – report

Courtyard Herefordshire: Dance in Care Settings

Courtyard Herefordshire: Poetry for People with Dementia Toolkit

A Restless Art, How Participation Won & Why it Matters – François Matarasso 

 

Resources:

Active Resources

Here we present resources that have been developed as part of our Active Programme, which is designed to get us more active and participating in recreational sport and physical activity.

Arts Resources

Here you can find resources developed by our Arts Programme. It supports the participation and representation of all older people in cultural and creative life in Ireland.

Engage Resources

Here we present resources developed as part of our Engage programme. It offers a range of learning initiatives, courses and workshops for resilience and personal development.

Policy & Research

Here we present resources that have been developed as part of our Policy, Research and Evaluation work which underpins and supports our Arts, Active and Engage programmes.

Resources:

Active Resources

Here we present resources that have been developed as part of our Active Programme, which is designed to get us more active and participating in recreational sport and physical activity.

Arts Resources

Here you can find resources developed by our Arts Programme. It supports the participation and representation of all older people in cultural and creative life in Ireland.

Engage Resources

Here we present resources developed as part of our Engage programme. It offers a range of learning initiatives, courses and workshops for resilience and personal development.

Policy & Research

Here we present resources that have been developed as part of our Policy, Research and Evaluation work which underpins and supports our Arts, Active and Engage programmes.

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Principal Funders:

Link to HSE website Link to Sport Ireland website Link to Arts Council website

Our Principal Funders:

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