Development for older emerging artists

We believe it’s never too late to begin something new and develop a new career. Luminate offers opportunities for emerging artists, aged 50+, to develop their skills, knowledge, experience and voice.

Since 2017 we’ve offered residencies and bursaries which offer support and development tailored to the particular needs and challenges of older, early career artists.

I wanted to be an artist, but I was always discouraged. My father had come from a long line of artists who didn’t make any money and he didn’t want me to go to art school

Annie Peel, Artist Older Artists' Lab at Cove Park 2017

As an older artist it was lovely to spend a week debating what that meant, sometimes just about being an artist; sometimes about the pros and cons of being older. Hearing other artists talk about how hard it can be – it's important just to acknowledge and identify the difficulties of being an older artist

Lesley Wilson, Artist Older Artists' Lab at Cove Park 2017