Welcome to
Independent Creative Living

Our aim is to provide housing in a safe, stimulating and creative environment for older artists and other creative people - harnessing creativity, skills and knowledge to benefit the creative life and vitality of a region.

Our guiding principles are:

  • Affordability
  • Community
  • Creativity
  • Low impact living

About

About our idea

An imaginative housing initiative for older creative people.

Resources

Challenging assumptions

Photo by Jason Thompson

Professor Rose Gilroy addresses issues surrounding older people's housing  at  'Think about it ... living creatively, for life!'  at Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, June 2016.

Housing initiatives

Selected links to housing solutions for older artists in the UK and beyond.

Keeping people happy

Photo by Jason Thompson

Hans Becker, a 'guru for older care' speaks about self-determination at  'Think about it ... living creatively, for life!'  at Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, June 2016.

Power and agency

Photo by Jason Thompson

François Matarasso reflects on power and agency for older people at  'Think about it ... living creatively, for life!'  at Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, June 2016.

Research and policy

Links to selected documents on the relationship between ageing, housing, creativity and the arts.

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News

Ageing without children

There is still an assumption that all older people in the UK have children or grandchildren who will be able to help them in later life.

Cohousing especially for older women

OWCH move in

OWCH (Older Women’s Cohousing) is a group of women over fifty who, as an alternative to living alone have created their own community in a new, purpose-built block of flats in High Barnet, London.

Sharing knowledge on older arts issues

Artist Francis Bailey at VOLTage, glór, Ennis, Co.Clare, part of Bealtaine Festival 2016. Photo: Eamon Ward

The ideas behind Independent Creative Living were presented at the 2016 Bealtaine Festival held in Dublin.

Thinking about it....

Photo by Jason Thompson

Launch symposium to explore the potential for independent creative living in North East England.

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