Category: Art

August 22, 2018 Flourishing Lives No comments exist

Arts and Health – The Big Picture We recently attended the Arts Can Seminar by Dr Daisy Fancourt, Senior Research Associate/Wellcome Research Fellow at UCL, and were blown away by the research evidencing the impact that arts, creativity and cultural engagement has on physical and mental health. In building the Flourishing Lives coalition, we have…

June 25, 2018 Flourishing Lives No comments exist

When Are We ‘Old’? As part of our ‘re:GENERATION’ Flourishing Lives programme at Tate Exchange from May 15 – 18 2018, we invited members of the public to take part in an audio archive and interactive sound installation, asking people to consider ‘At what age are we ‘old”? Listen to their responses below as we start…

June 22, 2018 Flourishing Lives No comments exist

Future Self As part of our ‘re:GENERATION’ Flourishing Lives programme at Tate Exchange from May 15 – 18 2018, we invited members of the public to take part in an envelope exchange, writing a message, poem or doodle to their ‘future self’ and swapping it with someone else’s message for a playful and thought-provoking correspondence across…

April 20, 2018 Flourishing Lives No comments exist

‘re:GENERATION’ – Flourishing Lives at Tate Exchange May 15 – 18 Join us for an inspiring week of FREE events, activities, performances and talks celebrating the creativity of older people and connecting generations through art. Take Part Tate Exchange at Tate Modern is a space for everyone to collaborate, test ideas and discover new perspectives on life, through art….

March 2, 2018 Flourishing Lives No comments exist

‘Mattering: Foundations for Flourishing Lives’ On Thursday 22nd of February we were delighted to welcome social innovators from across the arts and health sectors to the launch of ‘Mattering: Foundations for Flourishing Lives’, written by Lucien-Paul Stanfield, the Chair of Flourishing Lives and CEO of Claremont Project. The Flourishing Lives Coalition will soon number over…

November 14, 2017 Flourishing Lives No comments exist

Beyond the Five Year Forward View The healthcare landscape is shifting. Whatever the motivation – whether economic considerations, a ‘more sustainable NHS’ or sheer desire to recognise the potential of measures beyond traditional ideas of medication – assumptions that had been firmly held are starting to fracture. Discussion around what can contribute to health and…

November 9, 2017 Flourishing Lives No comments exist

Float Like a Butterfly; Sting Like a Bee… …Or even better (and the lesser known extension of Muhammad Ali’s famous quote)… work together like a swarm of honeybees to overheat your opponent…   So, this entry is predominantly a thinly veiled excuse to share a great story that was just shared with me by a…

July 11, 2017 Flourishing Lives 1 comment

Flourishing: arts, wellbeing and older age What is the effect of engaging in participatory arts on the wellbeing and quality of life for healthy older people? I am a PhD student at the University of Derby, researching Art for Health in Older Age. My research interests include investigating ‘meaningful’ creative engagement; examining definitions of older…

June 23, 2017 Flourishing Lives No comments exist

‘Many Old Hands Make Great Work’ Last week I took part in Creativity and Wellbeing Week curating an exhibition of pottery called ‘Many Old Hands Make Great Work’. It showcased the talents of my pottery students who I teach from 4 residential and care homes in London and Surrey; they are all aged between 60-105…

March 6, 2017 Flourishing Lives No comments exist

Sing Your Hearts Out For Valentine’s Day this year Flourishing Lives had the absolute pleasure of heading along to Stratford Circus for their ‘Sing Your Hearts Out’ sing-along. The first half of the sing-along was led by the Age Well Singers and the second half by Newham Super Choir.   We started off with a…