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'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. From May 15 - 18 the Flourishing Lives coalition will be taking over that space to showcase the immense creativity of older people and explore the power of connecting generations through art.

We want as many people as possible to join the celebration over the week, enjoy the events and take part in the activities so please do come along with your community groups and get involved!

Our free four-day programme will span the visual arts, dance, discussion, photography, music, pottery and collaborative installation. Join us and explore the revitalising role that art can play in older people's mental health and wellbeing and share fresh perspectives on ageing and being old.

Ageing is something that we all experience, whether young or old. re:GENERATION offers an interactive space for us to reflect and express what growing older means to us, across all age groups, and celebrates the immense contribution that older people make to both art and society.

Save the dates!

15 May 2018 at 12.00–17.00

16 May 2018 at 12.00–17.00

17 May 2018 at 12.00–17.00

18 May 2018 at 12.00–17.00


Address: Tate Exchange, 5th Floor, Blavatnik Building, Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG.

If you have any queries about the Flourishing Lives Tate Exchange programme, please contact David McDonagh at david@flourishinglives.org or on 020 7689 8090.


For full details all of the free events, activities, exhibitions and performances that we will be staging during the week, please see below:

Counterpoint Dance Company
Tues May 15, 14:00 - 14:25 + 16:00 - 16:25
Thurs May 17, 13:50 - 14:00, 14:30 - 14:40 + 15:50 - 16:00  

Counterpoint Dance Company are challenging the sedate image of elders and their abilities. Using contemporary dance they create a vibrant new image of the older person by developing, sharing, promoting and performing the creative ideas of over 55s.

Join them on Tuesday May 15th for two performances of Journeys of Internal Migration, an exploration of migration and identity inspired by the personal stories of the dancers. This intergenerational piece investigates how each of us sees the world differently and is choreographed by Artistic Director and Choreographer of Counterpoint Dance Company, Simona Scotto. 

On Thursday May 17th, Counterpoint will also deliver three shorter performance pieces.

Find out more about Counterpoint Dance Company here: http://counterpointdance.co.uk/.

It's Not Your Birthday But...
Tues May 15, 12:00 - 17:00

It's Not Your Birthday But... connects people who would not otherwise meet through letters, cards, words and visual arts. We give people space and support to engage with their own creativity and imaginations and share the results with others. We encourage them to share what’s important or helpful to them - it may be about connecting with others, building other, imaginary worlds or exploring new interests, pathways and ways of learning.

We run projects that connect new pen pals in schools with those in care homes, use the stories of people's lives as inspiration for poetry, work with people of all ages on social action and random acts of kindness and unpick the labels we put on groups of people to draw out what we have in common and highlight positive human connections.

We're pleased to be part of the Flourishing Lives Programme at Tate Exchange on Tuesday 15th May. Pay us a visit to share a secret, hope or fear, write a postcard to someone you're grateful to have in your life or help us hide our kindness messages in Tate Modern.

Find out more about It's Not Your Birthday But... here https://www.facebook.com/INYBB/.

Chinese Ink Drawing
Ruth Winston Community Centre
Tues May 15, 12:00 - 17:00

Join the members of the Ruth Winston Community Centre for a Chinese Ink Drawing workshop. Pick up peer-led tips, learn techniques and explore the art of ink drawing.

This ancient art form is very similar in technique to calligraphy. Using a brush, the artist applies black and coloured inks to paper or silk. Composition is simple and while areas of the surface are often left uncovered, finished work can be highly detailed and intricate.

Ruth Winston Community Centre is an up to date community centre for the over 50s offering exercise classes, computer training, art and crafts, languages and dance to name but a few. We offer social meetings, companionship and opportunities to take part in many events, day trips and other social clubs. As an independent charity established since 1961 we develop our services to meet the ever changing demands of our members.

The materials for this workshop have been very kindly donated by Jackson's Art Supplies, with many thanks again for their generous support.

Find out more about Ruth Winston Community Centre here: http://ruthwinstoncentre.com/.
Find out more about Jackson's Art Supplies here: https://www.jacksonsart.com/.

A film installation by Magic Me
Screening Tues May 15 - Fri May 18, 12:00 - 17:00
+ Live advice table Fri May 18, 14:00 - 16:00

Who decides what good behaviour is?  What are the rules for twenty-first century women? What are the rules around how things are, or should be done, and are these any use to us today?

Experience this film installation by Magic Me, which invites you to explore the topic of ‘good’ behaviour.

We look at the discomfort and comfort of getting things right or wrong, the negotiation of differing codes, and both the behaviours we inhabit and those placed upon us.

This film installation has been made by students from Mulberry School for Girls and older women from East London, in a project led by artists Sue Mayo, Pooja Sitpura, and Chuck Blue Lowry, with music by Verity Standen. It is part of an ongoing Magic Me project working with intergenerational groups across London, Peterborough and Southend.

Drop in to the installation between 2pm – 4pm on Friday May 18 and explore what decorum means for women of the 21st century, with live advice tables and interactions from young and older performers.

Magic Me’s Decorum project is in partnership with Metal Culture. With thanks to funders: Arts Council England, Garfield Weston Foundation and the Players of the People’s Postcode Lottery. Developed through the Open Lab scheme at Barbican Guildhall.

Magic Me is the UK’s leading intergenerational arts charity, bringing together people of different ages and culture since 1989. For more information, please visit https://magicme.co.uk/.

Walking Alongside
St. Joseph's Hospice - Islington Bereavement Service & photographer Marie Hargreaves
Photography exhibition Tues May 15 - Fri May 18, 12:00 - 17:00

The award winning Islington Bereavement Service offers support for adults living in Islington and/or registered with a GP in Islington. The service is for people who have experienced the death of a family member or another important person in their life. Run by St Joseph’s Hospice and a team of trained volunteers, this service offers emotional, social and practical bereavement support.

In Walking Alongside, photographer Marie Hargreaves documents the stories of people who have recently engaged in the service's peer-to-peer support, capturing the incredible impact that the Islington Bereavement Service has had on the lives of both the community members and the volunteers who walk alongside them.

The installation will also include a short film about Islington Bereavement Service directed by Terry Thomas at Bubble Gump Images.

The Islington Bereavement Service won the National Council for Palliative Care’s Bereavement Project of the Year Award 2017. For more information about the service, please visit: www.stjh.org.uk/islingtonbereavementservice.

Tap Dance
Claremont Project Tap Dance Group
Tues May 15, 13:00 - 13:10 + 15:00 - 15:10
Weds May 16, 14:00 - 14:10 + 16:00 - 16:10  

Gather to see the Claremont Project Tap Dance Group performing routines from across their dazzling repertoire on Tuesday May 15 and Wednesday May 16, led by dancer and tutor Jannet Ellis.

For more information about the Tap Dancing classes available at Claremont, please visit http://www.claremont-project.org/events/tap-dancing-advanced/2018-03-06/.

The Patterns (and Potters) of Our City
Emily Hall & the residents of Nightingale Hammerson and Royal Hospital Chelsea
Exhibition Tues May 15 - Fri May 18, 12:00 - 17:00
+ Clay workshop Weds May 16 - Fri May 18, 12:00 - 17:00

Come along and explore the London landscape through clay with ceramicist Emily Hall and the residents she teaches in care homes around London. Have a go at making patterned tiles using stamps that residents have made from observing the architecture around the Tate Modern. The finished tiles will form mosaic panels that will return to each care home for permanent display.

Emily teaches in a number of settings with older people across London and Surrey, promoting her passion for creative conversations and the benefits of working with clay. There will also be an exhibition of some of the residents' beautiful handcrafted work to admire. You're never too old to try something new!

With many thanks to the support and engagement of Emily's care homes Nightingale Hammerson who also sponsored the pottery workshop, the Royal Hospital Chelsea, St Wilfrid's Chelsea and Sunrise of Purley.

Find out more about Nightingale Hammerson here: https://nightingalehammerson.org/.

Find out more about Royal Hospital Chelsea here: http://www.chelsea-pensioners.co.uk/.

Find out more about St Wilfrid's here: http://www.stwilfridssw3.org.uk/

Find out more about Sunrise Purley here: https://www.sunrise-care.co.uk/.

Found Poetry & 'Exquisite Corpse' Writing Workshop
with Write London and Stephen Bush
Poetry workshops, Tues May 15 - Fri May 18, 12:00 - 17:00

Everyone has a story and there are many ways to tell them. Join poet and historian Tom Mallender as he introduces the concepts of both found and documentary poetry as a way in which anyone and everyone can use to tell the stories that matter to them.

Stephen Bush will also lead an 'Exquisite Corpse' poetry workshop, where members of the public are invited to collaborate in the shared creation of poems that will surprise even the writers themselves!

Find out more about Write London here: http://write-london.com/.

Painting exhibition by the members of Open Age
Tues May 15 - Fri May 18, 12:00 - 17:00

Join the members of Open Age for an exhibition of paintings on the theme of ‘regeneration’.

Open Age’s vision is that older people lead fulfilling lives. We do this through providing a broad range of 380 weekly activities, from more than 60 sites across Kensington and Chelsea, Westminster and Hammersmith and Fulham. Activities cover health and well-being, creative and leisure, education, employment and other activities and opportunities to people aged 50 and over, through working with our users.

Find out more about Open Age here: https://www.openage.org.uk/.

Do you want art to take you in to yourself? Or out of yourself?
Discussion in galleries with Stephen Bush
Tues May 15 - Fri May 18, 16:00

Join Stephen Bush at 4pm, Tuesday May 15 - Friday May 18, for a tour and discussion around the Tate Modern galleries as he invites us to consider what we want from art - and the role art can play in our lives.

Stephen Bush was the recipient of the 2017 Festival of Learning Patron’s Award. He is a committee member at the Claremont Project, which provides learning for people aged 55 and over, he is on the student panel at City Lit, and has been involved in learning projects at the Tate galleries.

Adventures in Art
Claremont Project

Weds May 16, 12:00 - 17:00

Join the members of the Claremont Project for a collaborative drawing project. Participants will sit together and draw anything from doodles to graffiti to visionary masterpieces, the images gradually connecting over the session to form one vast collaborative creation.

Claremont Project is an arts and wellbeing centre for people aged 55 and over. Claremont is about people having opportunities to shine and live happier, healthier and connected lives. Claremont is all about people mattering. There is a regular weekly programme of over 34 activities, ranging from art, music, literature, and fitness, to a huge variety of dance. In addition to this regular programme, we have free concerts, dance and music events showcasing different cultures, fairs, parties, short courses (from clowning to portrait photography), and much more.

Claremont Project is a founding member of the Flourishing Lives Coalition. Find out more about Claremont Project here: http://claremont-project.org/.

Tea Break Theatre 
A taster workshop with London Bubble Theatre
Weds May 16, 16:00 - 16:45

At London Bubble Theatre we believe that taking part in creative activities and connecting with others can have a significant positive impact on wellbeing. This group has those principles at its heart and offers an opportunity for people to come together to make theatre on a drop-in basis.

We hope you can join us for a taste of what a Tea Break session is like.

Our regular group meets in Rotherhithe, SE16 on Friday mornings 10:30-12:30.
It’s free and drop-in so come when you can.
For more info, call Lucy or Helena on 020 7237 4434 or go to


Claremont Project Flamenco Dance Group
Weds May 16, 13:00 - 13:15 + 15:00 - 15:15
Fri May 18, 13:30 - 13:45 + 15:30 - 15:45 

The Claremont Project Flamenco Dance Group will deliver vibrant and inspiring flamenco and castanets performances in the gallery space, led by dancer and tutor Lucia Caruso.

Lucia Caruso is an accomplished Flamenco dance performer, award-winning choreographer and experienced teacher with a successful international career.

Drop in on Weds May 16, Thurs May 17 and Fri May 18 for passionate and colourful performances that will inspire and delight!

For more information about the Flamenco classes available at Claremont, please visit http://www.claremont-project.org/events/flamenco-intermediate/2018-04-20/

Talking Art at Tate Modern

with The Liminal Space
Thurs May 17 + Fri May 18, 12:00 - 17:00

Would you like to learn more about visual art? And explore the Tate’s exceptional collection?

We’d like to invite you to take part in a unique intergenerational conversation and art tour taking place on the 17th and 18th of May as part of the Flourishing Lives residency at Tate Modern.

Younger and older people will be paired up to explore key pieces of art together. The tour will be designed to encourage you both to exchange ideas, experiences and stories on shared human themes – from identity, to courage, curiosity and change.


  • Tours will last 45mins and take place between 12pm and 5.30pm on 17th and 18th May
  • They will start from Tate Exchange, Floor 5, Blavatnik Building, Tate Modern, Bankside
  •  Please book in advance by emailing hector@the-liminal-space.com or calling 07789513436
  • You can also book via Eventbrite

This event is programmed by The Liminal Space, a Flourishing Lives coalition partner. For more information, please visit: https://www.the-liminal-space.com/.

Hackney Empire Community Choir
Fri May 18, 14:30 - 14:55 + 16:30 - 16:55

Renowned for its infectious energy and joyous sound, Hackney Empire's intergenerational Community Choir will be staging two performances in the Tate Exchange space at 14:30 and 16:30 on Friday May 18, delivering an eclectic mix of music which embraces the cultural diversity within the choir.

Hackney Empire Community Choir was launched in 2010 by Olivier award winning, former BBC Last Choir Standing judge Sharon D Clarke in partnership with former East London Gospel Choir music/choir director Joseph Roberts. The group has accompanied Hackney-born Leona Lewis on stage at Radio 1’s Big Weekend to perform her hit single Run in 2012, performed at the Paralympic Opening Ceremony in 2012 and were invited again to accompany Leona at the Royal Albert Hall in May 2013.

The choir also performed at the Southbank Centre belting out “Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves” in celebration of International Women’s Day in February 2014.

The Hackney Empire Choir is a great social activity and members interact with the local artistic community both professional and amateur with regular invitations to develop its programme of performances across the UK. For more information, please visit: https://hackneyempire.co.uk/hackney-empire-community-choir/.

Future Self
Envelope Exchange
Tues May 15 - Fri May 18, 12:00 - 17:00

Write a message, poem or doodle to your 'future self', deposit it in our envelope exchange and swap it with someone else's message for a playful and thought-provoking correspondence across the ages.

When Are We 'Old'?
Interactive sound installation
Tues May 15 - Fri May 18, 12:00 - 17:00

Take part in our audio archive and interactive sound installation as we ask people to consider 'At what age are we 'old''? Hear the views and opinions of others and add to the conversation as we build an oral history around perceptions of ageing.


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