Ages and Stages (Keele University)

Age UK

Alan Hopgood (Member of the Order of Australia for services to the performing arts as an actor, playwright and producer through raising awareness of men’s health issues).

Bay Street Productions (Alan Hopgood’s Health Plays)

The book Winter Fires: Art and agency in old age is now available for free download by clicking on this link to the Baring Foundation.

Old age haunts the human imagination. Nowadays, it also haunts the politics, sociology, medicine and economics of an ageing world. Art has taken age as a subject since ancient times, giving its unique insights into other experiences. And artists have always shown that ageing does not mean stopping or even slowing down.

Winter Fires explores how the practice of art can change not the fact but the experience of old age. Art confers agency on its creator. It offers a capacity to act in the world by making something that did not exist before.The book is based on conversations with artists of all kinds who, whatever else retirement has brought, are as creative as ever. Illustrated with portraits by Mik Godley, Winter Fires offers an unusual, optimistic glimpse of creative ageing.

Tree Of Life Centre Wythenshawe (Manchester, UK)

Valuing Older People (Manchester, UK)

West Midlands Arts, Health and Wellbeing (UK)

Woodhouse Park Lifestyle Centre (Manchester, UK)