Scotland’s older artists’ bursaries: why older early-career artists need support

By Anne Gallacher Director Luminate

Our Director, Anne Gallacher, was recently a special guest blogger for the Baring Foundation. In her piece about older artists, she wrote:

“Becoming a professional artist in early adulthood brings many challenges, but doing so in your later years can be tougher still. Finding opportunities to develop skills, experience and networks can prove tricky. You may have caring responsibilities … work and financial commitments that limit your flexibility. … And then there are societal attitudes … the view that older people don’t have anything new to say, and that innovation is only possible if you’re young…”

A woman is dancing in a Scottish forest, she is leaning forward with her arms stretched like wings

Christine Thynne is a recent Luminate bursary recipient.

“What a difference a four-day bursary can make. Exploring my love of the outdoors, sea kayaking and dance. I found a confidence and was inspired in my 80th year to move forward.”

She continues to develop her work with the aim of  preparing a solo performance piece for 2024.

Photo: Robbie Synge