Artists in older people’s care

Between March and July 2021 we’re hosting a series of networking and professional development events for freelance artists who work in older people’s social care. It’s an opportunity to share experiences, develop your skills, knowledge and creativity, and explore what practice might look like when work begins to open up again.

A series of five themed events

A series of five themed events for Scottish-based freelance artists working in older people’s social care. Putting the (virtual) kettle on for each event is Kathryn Welch – a freelance practitioner interested in championing communities, building connections, and celebrating creativity at the heart of it all. These events will welcome a range of different speakers and be a safe and comfortable spaces for everyone to participate, create, connect and share.

Training: Facilitating online creative activities

Luminate is working in partnership with 64 Million Artists, to provide bursaries for artists to attend three workshops exploring online creative engagement with care settings.

Fifteen Scottish-based artists have been selected to attend the workshops in July 2021. They will focus on developing skills and knowledge in planning and facilitating activities for groups in social care settings. As artists begin to return to work in this field, there is an expectation that remote working, or a blended approach that combines remote and in-person engagement, will continue.

Led by Chris Rolls FRSA of 64 Million Artists, the three workshops will include a blend of taught material, group exercises and discussion. Online resources will also be available. Some of the content will be applicable to any participatory arts context, but there will be a strong focus on older people in social care.

The workshops 

  • Session 1 – Facilitating at a distance: setting ourselves up for success (Wednesday 14th July, 10am – 12:30pm)
  • Session 2 – Planning remote workshops for care settings (Wednesday 21st  July, 10am – 12:30pm)
  • Session 3. Supporting our creative practice and wellbeing (Wednesday 28th July, 10am – 12:30pm)

This programme is supported by Creative Scotland.