Older artists working with older people

The Baring Foundation (of which I’m a trustee) has prioritised arts work with older people since 2009, supporting the a huge range of work in the UK and Northern Ireland. It has all been participatory, though that word has covered an equally broad range of practice, much of described in a rich library of free publications.

The latest project that is now coming to fruition is a series of commissions for older artists – not necessarily people with an established practice in participatory work. I’ve just seen these two contrasting films in which Ron Haselden (commissioned by Fabrica in Brighton) and Robert Race (commissioned by New Brewery Arts in Cirencester) talk about their very different work. They’re short but fascinating insights into ways of working with people – and the artworks are beautiful.