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Arts in Care: call for artists - Improving the lives of older people through creativity

A new initiative to help improve the lives of older people through creativity, is being launched today, Tuesday 27 August , by Luminate in partnership with the Care Inspectorate, Creative Scotland and the Baring Foundation. Application deadline: noon, Wednesday 11 September 2019:

Arts in Care will enable 18 artists with a commitment to developing their skills working in Scotland’s care sector, to help embed high quality creative practice within the sector, with the long-term aim of building the skills, capacity and strength of both the arts and care sectors.

Anne Gallacher, Director of Luminate, Scotland’s creative ageing organisation commented: “Arts in Care will be a central strand in our growing year-round development programme, which is designed to support the development of arts and creativity with, by and for older people. There is growing evidence of the positive impact of creative activities as we get older, and a programme that supports artists and care professionals to provide creative opportunities for older people living in care homes is an exciting development for Scotland.”

Participants will undertake a programme of training delivered by Equal Arts’ creative ageing charity supporting older people and those living with dementia. Sessions will explore dementia and imagination, story-telling and mixed art form approaches, in addition to training in working within care setting environments, safeguarding, planning and evaluating.

Iain Munro, Acting CEO, Creative Scotland commented: “Taking part in creative activities can make a real difference to people’s quality of life and health, both physically and mentally. Arts in Care will not only support artists development but also lay foundations for better ways of working and knowledge exchange between the arts and care sectors.”

Today’s announcement represents the first in a two-stage approach. In Spring 2020 the second phase of the project will begin with support learning and capacity building by placing artists within the care sector to deliver skills development for care home staff, managers and inspectors.

Christina McKelvie, Minister for Equalities and Older People commented: “The Scottish Government recognises the benefits for older people of taking part in creative activities, with positive impacts on health, wellbeing and addressing social isolation and loneliness. We therefore welcome the new Arts in Care initiative and look forward to following the progress of the successful applicants’ work.”

Heather Edwards, Interim Head of Improvement Support at the Care Inspectorate commented: “The Care Inspectorate is delighted to join Luminate, Creative Scotland and the Baring Foundation to promote the value of high quality creative and arts programmes for people living in Scotland’s care homes. People experiencing care should have the opportunity to live full and fulfilled lives and the arts for many offer an important aspect of wellbeing.”


Contact Information

Sophie Bambrough

(+44) 07747 606 146

Notes to editors

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 11 September at midday. Application guidance and forms are available here:

Arts in Care aims to build on the 2016 publication of the Arts in Care Resource Pack – developed by the Care Inspectorate and Luminate and supported by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland.
Luminate is Scotland's creative ageing organisation, running a diverse programme of creative events and activities throughout the year. | |

Equal Arts works to improve the lives of older people through creativity. For further information please visit: | |

Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here. For further information please visit: | |

The Baring Foundation is an independent foundation which protects and advances human rights and promotes inclusion. Since 2010, the Foundation’s arts programme has focused on supporting participatory arts with people over the age of 60, particularly those facing disadvantage or discrimination. For further information please visit:

The Care Inspectorate is a scrutiny body which supports improvement. Their vision is that everyone experiences safe, high-quality care that meets their needs, rights and choices. For further information please visit: | |

Media Contact:
Sophie Bambrough, Media Relations & PR Officer, Creative Scotland.
T: 0131 523 0015
M: 07747 606 146

IMAGE CREDIT - Luminate and Erskine Care Homes’ artist in residence programme, part of Unforgotten Forces © Gill White & James Winnett