The Arts and Ageing Podcast produced by Ellie O’Byrne tells the story of four artists who worked with older people to break the tried and tested mould for arts engagement. Dancer and choreographer Helga Deasy and musician and choir leader Susan McManamon worked with MusicAlive on two artist residencies at Nazareth House, a nursing home in Mallow, and at Mayfield Men’s Shed. Visual artist Marie Brett worked with Cork Midsummer Festival on a project called Cultural Lore – the idea was that knowledge can be lost from our collective consciousness as technological advances replace more traditional manual methods. Working with SIRIUS in Cobh, the focus of visual artist Colette Lewis’s enquiry was to consider new approaches to arts engagement with older people that are more accessible, innovative and engaging within a regional context.
The Arts and Ageing Podcast – released every Monday – is part of What Next? Arts and Ageing Resources programme. which also includes Arts and Ageing Workshops and the Arts and Ageing e-Publication both providing a toolkit for those working with older people. All of these resources reflect on real life projects that took place during Creative Enquiry – Arts and Older People, a project that creatively explored fresh approaches to arts engagement with older people in 2019 supported by The Arts Council Invitation to Collaboration Scheme. Three artist-residencies were hosted by three organisations: Cork Midsummer Festival, Music Alive and SIRIUS with the support of Cork City and County Councils, Age & Opportunity and the HSE.