Age & Opportunity is working to create a society where we have more choices than compromises as we age. This Is Not My Beautiful House is a seminar which will consider how creativity, creatively charged communities and the arts can contribute to better ways of living as we get older. The seminar will specifically address the need to radically rethink traditional notions of ‘community’ and agency in shaping residential and community design that enhances human dignity and growth. The seminar takes place on Friday 20 May in The Lab Studios, Foley Street, Dublin 1 from 9.30 am – 5.00pm (lunch is included).

This special event, which will be chaired by writer and psychoanalytic practitioner Dr. Medb Ruane, will feature a keynote from writer and researcher Francois Matarasso, as well as presentations and workshops from architect and Director of the Netwell centre Rodd Bond, consultants Susan Jones and Esther Salamon, representatives from the Nimble Spaces project, researcher and writer Ann Leahy, artists Marie Brett, Rhona Byrne and Rionach Ni Neill, and representatives from housing initiatives. As places are extremely limited booking is essential.

The seminar will also feature an intervention by artist Rhona Byrne responding to the seminar theme.

Over the course of a day, the seminar will be structured around two themes:

how can creative approaches to community design generate more dynamic, inclusive and socially engaged communities?
how can the arts impact on the culture of residential care settings and on the well-being of those who live and work in those communities?

With thanks to Dublin City Council for supporting this seminar through the LAB

More information and booking contact Bealtaine at Age and Opportunity: E: | T: 01 853 5180| W:


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