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Arts and Older People Conference 2017

How can arts activities support the creation of age friendly communities? 6 Apr 2017

Date: 6 April 2017

Location: Royal College of Welsh Music and Drama, Castle Grounds, Cathays Park, Cardiff CF10 3ER

‘Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be’ (Robert Browning)

  • How can arts activities support the creation of age friendly communities?
  • How can creativity help older people to live well and enjoy later life?

This interactive and engaging session will examine the role of the arts in creating age friendly communities and the contribution of creative activity in supporting older people to maintain their independence.

It will demonstrate how effective arts activity can help achieve improved well-being; mitigating isolation and loneliness in older people and contributing to the outcomes sought through the Social Services and Well-being Act.

Organised by Arts Council of Wales in association with Age Cymru and with support from the Baring Foundation.

Who is this conference for?

  • Policy makers with responsibility for healthy and active ageing programmes
  • People and organisations working within local authority Ageing Well plans
  • Health and social care professionals working with older people
  • People working in arts and culture interested in working with older people
  • Older people and community groups who want to share their voices and experiences relating to Age Friendly and arts programmes


10:00: Arrival and Registration

10:30: 'Croesi Traeth' - a performance by Dawns i Bawb. (Performed by Betsan Llwyd. Choreographed by Catherine Young.)

10:40: Welcome and introduction.

Dr Phil George, Chair, Arts Council of Wales

10:45: Case Studies

Celebrating creative ageing; Gwanwyn Festival - Emma Robinson, Age Cymru.

Lost in Art; a regional approach to visual arts and people living in the community with dementia - Siân Fitzgerald, Denbighshire Arts Service.

Wales' Age Friendly Culture Network - Sharon Ford, National Museum Wales and Steve Huxton, Ageing Well in Wales.

Q&A hosted by Paul Cann, founding member of the Campaign to end Loneliness.

Breakout sessions:

  • A1: Arts and Dementia – including findings from the evaluation of Cartrefu - Age Cymru’s artists in residents care home programme will share their experiences of leading the largest scale project of its kind in Europe - and Music in Hospitals (Winners, Bryn Terfel Foundation Award for Promoting the Arts in Social Care 2016), who will present findings from research investigating the benefits of music in dementia care.
  • A2: Arts and Health – National Dance Company Wales will share their experiences of running dance for health programmes and invite discussion on how to develop this area of work. Carriageworks, Denbigh, home to a community project, art space, coffee shop, craft shop and a range of tailored creative workshops, will share their experiences of running grass roots community work aimed at improving people's mental health.
  • A3: Engaging harder to reach older people – including how to engage older men in the arts. Shedders from the Squirrel’s Nest Men Shed will share their experiences of being part of the award winning project Pimp My Uke. They will be joined by Andy Barry from the Royal Exchange, Manchester who will speak about their work with older men as part of the Elders Company established in 2014.
  • A4: Social isolation and loneliness – Hear from Canolfan Gerdd William Mathias who were commissioned by Gwynedd Council's Community Arts Unit to deliver a project using the arts to tackle loneliness among older people in rural areas of South Gwynedd. The Campaign to End Loneliness will also share learning from their creative projects and their programmes being developed in Wales.

12:45: Lunch

Lunchtime performance of BEDS by Enetlechy Arts.

13:45: Repeat Breakout Sessions

14:45: Q&A Panel - Hosted by Paul Cann (Campaign to End Loneliness)


David Cutler (Baring Foundation)

Sarah Rochira (Older People's Commissioner for Wales)

Phil George (Chair, Arts Council of Wales)

15:45: Address by Ken Skates AM, Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure

16:00: Closing remarks by Paul Cann.


Registration has now closed.