Supporting cultural spaces and other organisations to be open, positive and welcoming places for older people; and taking high quality arts and culture into places where older people will find it easier to engage.
Collaborative working, audience engagement, developing relationships, commissioning work, developing spaces - arts, cultural and otherwise.
£50,000 - £100,000
Applicants must be working in partnership in a consortium with one lead organisation. To be eligible to apply, the lead applicant needs to be Arts Council funded, or have presented work to the public through one of our programmes. More information can be found in the Guidance for Applicants.
Celebrating Age will be open for its second round of applications later in 2017. Dates will be added to this page soon.
About the fund
The Celebrating Age programme is jointly funded by Arts Council England and the Baring Foundation and supports the shared objectives of both organisations.
The programme will support cultural spaces and other organisations working collaboratively, in a partnership or as a consortium, to do one or more of the following:
Support arts and cultural spaces to be open, positive and welcoming places for older people
This could involve:
- empowering older people to help shape what’s on offer or lead quality activities
- embedding proven approaches to engaging older people as visitors, audiences, or participants in creative processes (e.g. ambassadors or buddying schemes)
- testing and applying new ways to engage older people
- commissioning older artists or art that has particular relevance for older people
- showcasing or curating and celebrating art created by and with older people
Taking arts and culture into places where older people will find it easier to engage
This could involve:
- residential care settings or sheltered accommodation
- social and community settings (e.g. luncheon clubs)
To find out more about what the fund supports and how to apply, you should read the Guidance for Applicants.
How to apply
Before you start
Make sure you have read through all of the Guidance for Applicants (download it below).
Read the guidance carefully - it gives clear answers to common questions like 'Am I eligible to apply?' and 'What exactly does this programme fund?'.
If you're still unclear about anything, contact us for more information.
Making your application
You must apply using our online portal using the standard application form. You can access this on the button below.
Celebrating Age - Guidance for Applicants
You may find these resources helpful when thinking about making an application to Celebrating Age:
Becoming a dementia-friendly arts venue: A practical guide
A new guide to creating dementia-friendly arts venues prepared by Dementia Friendly Communities and the Alzheimer's Society - read it here
Alternatively, browse the full Age of Creativity website
CultureHive - best practice in cultural marketing, fundraising and management
Searching for resources relating to old people brings up a number of resources
Alternatively, browse the full CultureHive website
Dementia Friendly Performances - West Yorkshire Playhouse
The West Yorkshire Playhouse have developed a guide to making your performances and performance spaces friendly to those living with dementia
Take a look
Celebrating Age - Guidance for Applicants
See below for the successful applicants to the first round of Celebrating Age, Round 1.
The Wiltshire Music Centre Trust Ltd
Grant: £99,931 | Area: South West
Wiltshire Partnership will use an award of £99,931 to offer older people in Wiltshire the opportunity to see live performances in libraries and community centres and take part in music, dance and visual arts activities. The partnership led by Wiltshire Music Centre will develop the programme of work in consultation with groups of older people living in the communities and the charities already working with these groups, to make sure the offer is relevant and meaningful.
Grant: £75,560 | Area: South West
Hat Fair will use a grant of £75,560 towards a two year programme of arts activity inspired by, and created for, older people in Winchester, Hampshire and Corby. Working with partners including Winchester City Council, Flintlock Theatre and Age Concern, Hat Fair will tour an immersive theatre show based on the real lives of 90 year olds to village halls and arts centres and in the second year will develop a multimedia production.
Grant: £85, 659| Area: South West
Led by Independent Arts, in partnership with local museums and libraries, Time and Tide will give the Isle of Wight’s older community a ground-breaking opportunity to experience and participate in high quality arts activities through co-production, exchange of ideas and a programme of creative workshops, pop-up exhibitions and cultural site visits.
Wolverhampton Art Gallery
Grant: £90, 800| Area: Midlands
Wolverhampton Art Gallery will use this £90,800 investment to work with Choices Housing Association, Staffordshire Arts Services and Creative Health (Arts and Health) CIC to produce Still Lively. This two-year programme of visual art activities, exhibitions and events will be created by and with older people. The gallery and Shire Living Schemes in Staffordshire will become a place to celebrate, create and share their artwork, stories and ideas, inspiring those taking part as well as other visitors.
Stoke-On-Trent and North Staffordshire Theatre Trust Limited
Grant: £99, 975| Area: Midlands
The New Vic Theatre will use this £99,975 investment to work with Keele University and Age UK North Staffordshire to produce Meet Me at Live Age. Meet Me at Live Age will build on the success of the established Live Age Festival with a programme of new arts events and performances created by and for older people. The programme will help to make sure more older people in Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire can enjoy professional art commissions, theatre and creative activities in their local community, helping to reduce the risk of social isolation.
Grant: £100, 000| Area: Midlands
Derby-based Artcore will use this £100,000 investment to give older people at risk of social isolation new opportunities to take part in a programme of artistic and cultural activities shaped by their interests. This citywide programme will use visual art, dance, theatre and music to celebrate older people's talent, experience and enthusiasm, helping them to become part of their local community.
City Arts (Nottingham) Ltd
Grant: £97, 200| Area: Midlands
Using this £97,200 investment City Arts will challenge perceptions of ageing and dementia through a programme of arts and cultural events which help to bring older and young people together. City Arts and its partners will put older people at the heart of shaping this creative programme which will feature literature, music, dance and digital art.
The Posh Club
Grant: £99, 173| Area: South East
The Posh Club is a 1940’s styled event designed by older people, for older people – helping to promote wellbeing and reduce isolation. With the support of £99,173, The Posh Club will pilot two new spring seasons in Hastings and Brighton. Each show brings together ninety older people for a glamorous event featuring showbiz turns, vintage crockery and waiters in black tie.
Originally created by arts outfit Duckie, The Posh Club is specifically aimed at tackling isolation for older people, particularly those living in areas of deprivation. Each club is developed in collaboration with local partners, ensuring that they meet the specific needs of their audiences. All The Posh Clubs are subsidised, ensuring that they are accessible to those on low-incomes, hosted in local community venues, employ local people and take referrals from front-line health providers.
Farnham Maltings Association Ltd
Grant: £62, 338| Area: South East
With the support of £62,338 from the Arts Council, Farnham Malting’s ‘My Shout’ will put older people in the creative driving seat. This new project will bring older people together with professional artists – including Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures - to develop four new art works across theatre, dance, film and sculpture that celebrate long lives. ‘My Shout’ has the ambition to challenge ageism, overcome assumptions around growing old and encourage greater inclusivity.
Cubitt Artists Ltd
Grant: £91, 000 | Area: London
Cubitt has been awarded £91,000 to lead Going Places. Project partners All Change, Candoco, Sadler’s Wells, Islington Library & Heritage Service, Notting Hill Housing Group and Alsen Day Centre will present a programme of activity in day centres, homes and residential care settings across Islington, North London. Public art commissions, workshops, exhibitions and performances will take place by, for and with older people with a range of needs, addressing social isolation and loneliness in older generations.
Grant: £98, 665 | Area: London
The Albany arts centre in Deptford has been awarded £98,665 for its project with Entelechy Arts who have over 20 years’ experience working with older people. The partnership will build on the highly successful Meet Me at the Albany programme, taking activities out to six sheltered housing sites across Lewisham, as part of the Albany’s on going partnership with social housing provider Lewisham Homes. It will develop nationally replicable ways to place great art at the heart of community initiatives, and creatively engage many of the area’s oldest and most marginalised residents.
Rural Arts North Yorkshire
Grant: £89, 635 | Area: North
Rural Arts will use £89,635 to increase the participation of people aged over 75 in its ‘ON Tour’ and Courthouse creative programmes. The organisation aims to use the outcomes of this project to develop a model of delivering ‘Arts and Culture - On Prescription’ by embedding it in clinical healthcare plans.
Grant: £62, 249 | Area: North
Pavilion will use the investment of £62,249 to work with Touchstone, a mental health and wellbeing provider for vulnerable and isolated people across Leeds, and in particular its Sikh elders service, to address the contributions migrants have made to the Leeds textiles and clothing industries. The activity will include arts-based workshops, the production of a new film and an exhibition at Leeds Industrial Museum.
Hoot Creative Arts
Grant: £99, 971 | Area: North
Arts and mental wellbeing charity Hoot will use this investment of £99,971 to work with older artists, providing an outreach programme in sheltered housing and community settings and exploring ageing today through artist commissions.
Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (mima)
Grant: £90, 000 | Area: North
mima will use £90,000 to work with Thirteen, one of the North East’s leading social housing companies, to develop a three-year programme for older people. Delivering weekly public sessions within mima and the community, the programme aims to tackle social exclusion and bring arts and culture to the lives of those who are not already engaged in spaces that are familiar and comfortable.
Leeds Theatre Trust Limited
Grant: £99, 950 | Area: North
Using an investment of £99,950, Leeds Theatre Trust will produce a Festival of Theatre and Dementia which will explore the experience of living with dementia through creative means. People with dementia will be involved as curators and performers and Leeds Theatre Trust will work with non-arts partners and visiting arts companies.
Arts, culture and older people
New research shows how arts and culture can help to improve health, wellbeing and quality of life for older people