Thinking about it....

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

Photo by Jason Thompson

“Think about it ... living creatively, for life!” was designed as a pre-feasibility stage of an exploration of the potential for a housing community for older artists and people in related cultural occupations in the North East of England. 

Hosted by BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead, the event comprised a symposium with inspiring speakers Rose Gilroy, François Matarasso and Hans Becker followed by an interactive workshop to conceptualise and develop ideas about what the housing scheme and community would look like including essential amenities and community inter-connections.

Photos by Jason Thompson

This pioneering project designed to support independence, life-long creative learning and production in a supportive environment for like-minded people in older age aims to stimulate new collaborations, and enable residents to carry on contributing to their local community and to the learning and culture of the wider area, whilst prolonging healthy and independent lives. 

The symposium was over-subscribed and well-attended, and was received as an inspirational event. It drew on a wide range of ideas and knowledge, and heard from experts in the field from across the UK and beyond. Most importantly, the idea behind the initiative was enthusiastically welcomed.