Arts and Ageing Gathering – programme

The outline programme for the day is below, including timings and details of what is planned for the sessions.


Note that we will conclude the day with a drinks reception at 4.30pm that we hope you will join us for.

Coffee and networking – 10.00am – 10.30am

Keynote session – 10.30am – 11.45am 

The chair for this session will be Jim Tough 

  • Introduction
  • Keynote presentation from Anne Gallacher, Director of Luminate
  • Keynote presentation from Dr Donald Macaskill, Chief Executive, Scottish Care
  • Keynote presentation from Liz Aggiss, live artist, dance performer, choreographer and film maker 

There will be a short question & answer session after the keynote presentations


12.00 noon – 1.00pm – Breakout Discussions  

  • Group 1 – Creative Ageing in the Community
    Facilitated by Jim Tough
    The speakers for this session will be Jacqueline Bennett and Frieda Strachan who will talk about their Felt Fine project in Turriff, Aberdeenshire, and George Tah who will talk about about Jambo! Radio’s storytelling project – Coming to Scotland: The stories of African and Caribbean pioneers. There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion.
  • Group 2Finding and developing your creativity as an older professional artist 
    Facilitated by Luke Pell
    The speakers for this session will be Singer Songwriter, Sophie Bancroft and Playwright, Sylvia Dow. Sophie will be talking about how years of being professionally creative in one genre, has fed into new forms of creative expression and Sylvia will discuss how it is never too late to find your creative voice. There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion.
  • Group 3 – Ageism Awareness workshop
    Facilitated by Nuala O’Sullivan
    Nuala O’Sullivan is founder and Director of the Women Over Fifty Film Festival.  In this interactive workshop, Nuala will explore how we can recognise our internalised ageism and will look at ways we can combat it.

1.00pm – 2.15pm – Lunch 

2.15pm – Discussion session 

  • Following some of the key principles of an Open Space discussion, we’ll use this part of the afternoon to talk about the things that matter to you in relation to creative ageing. After the principles of an Open Space have been explained, you’ll be able to choose from a selection of questions or topics and you’ll have the opportunity to talk these through, with help from our team of facilitators.

3.00pm – Comfort break  

3.15pm – Performance lecture and Q+A with Liz Aggiss

4.30pm – Drinks reception

5.30pm – Event finishes