Creative Enquiry Arts Ad Older People: Publication Launch


This week in Cork City Council’s Millennium Hall the Creative Enquiry - Arts and Older People publication was launched. This new publication brings together findings from three artist-residency and older-people engagement projects in Cork that took place in diverse settings over a 12-month period during 2019, hosted by three distinct arts organisations: the city-based multi-disciplinary Cork Midsummer Festival; Music Alive, a county-wide arts and health group; and Sirius Arts Centre, an arts venue located in the heritage town of Cobh.

For my report ‘Embodied Knowledge’ with the Sirius Arts Centre, my residency considered new approaches to arts engagement with older people that are more accessible, innovative and engaging within a regional context. The residency concentrated the enquiry around two diverse contexts: a healthcare institutional setting in Park Road Day Care Centre and a new community of interest formed through an open call around an arts project ‘Local Know-How’ with the wider Cobh and Great Island community. My approach was to unearth hidden local place-based embodied knowledge through collaborative engagement and utilised this artistic methodology to explore a more meaningful approach to arts engagement with older members of the community.

Creative Enquiry – Arts and Older People was an investigative collaborative venture looking at barriers to participation in the arts for older people. At the heart of the enquiry is a creative exploration of fresh approaches to arts engagement with older people with the aim of advancing best practice models.

Creative Enquiry – Arts and Older People programme is an initiative of two Cork based local authorities, Cork City Council and Cork County Council arts offices, in strategic partnership with Age and Opportunity, the national organisation supporting people to reach their full potential as they age; the HSE Cork Kerry Community Healthcare-Cork South Community Work Department, facilitating community health and wellbeing initiatives; and the three independent partner arts organisations. It is funded through the Arts Council/An Comhairle Ealaíon Invitation to Collaborate scheme.

Event information
Date: Thursday 20 February 2020
Time: 10am – 14.30pm
Venue: Millennium Hall, Cork