An event exploring research into creative ageing and cultural participation among older people: what we know, what we don't and what we should.

We are an ageing society. The number of people over 65 in the UK population is increasing faster than any other age group and there are already more people over 60 than under 18.

This event, which is led by CADA, the Creative Ageing Development Agency, in partnership with The Audience Agency, explores the latest research into the cultural participation of older people. Bringing together findings from key projects which examine cultural and creative engagement and activity in later life, it will offer insights into baseline data on older audiences for arts and heritage in England and the impact of the pandemic and explore approaches to academic and place-based research into creative ageing. The event will conclude with a panel discussion to consider next steps in understanding and developing this wide-ranging field of practice related to a life stage that, if we live long enough, we will all experience.

This event will present emerging findings from:

  • The Audience Agency - research commissioned by CADA
  • Centre for Cultural Value
  • Celebrating Age - programmes targeting older people in England funded by Arts Council England and the Baring Foundation

Panellists will include:

  • Paul McGarry: Asst Director Greater Manchester Combined Authority and Greater Manchester Ageing Hub
  • Arti Prashar: Theatre Maker and Consultant
  • Imogen Blood: Imogen Blood & Associates - evaluators for the Celebrating Age programme
  • Dr Robyn Dowlen: Postdoctoral Research Associate Centre for Cultural Value
  • Dr Virginia Tandy: Director of CADA
  • Anne Torreggiani: CEO of The Audience Agency


This event will run for 1 hour and 45 minutes, including a short comfort break. The session will comprise a presentation of research, followed by a panel discussion. There will be an opportunity to ask any questions you may have to the panel.

Date: Tuesday 19 October 2021, 2:00 PM - 3:45 PM BST

Cost: Free

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All sessions will have automated live transcription in English. Closed Captions, BSL interpretation and other access requirements can be requested in the booking form and will be provided where possible. Please book as soon as possible to allow time for arrangements to be made.

Partner: CADA, the Creative Ageing Development Agency


CADA, the Creative Ageing Development Agency is a national initiative working across England and across the full range of arts and heritage. CADA exists to champion the value of creativity, curiosity and imagination in later life, to challenge ageism in the arts and heritage sectors, encourage new thinking and harness collective energy for change.

Devised and hosted by Manchester Museum in collaboration with the Manchester Museums Partnership, Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) and the Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research into Ageing MICRA, it is funded by the Baring Foundation, GMCA and Arts Council England.

This event is supported by:

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