Creative Enquiry Artist Residency and Older People Engagement Project
Creative Enquiry Artist Residency and Older People Engagement Project - Artist in Residence Colette Lewis
May 2019 – January 2020
Creative Enquiry - Arts and Older People is an investigative collaborative venture that creatively explores fresh approaches to arts engagement with older people and advances best practice models. The focus of the Creative Enquiry is three artist-residency and older-people-engagement projects, hosted by three distinct arts organisations: the city-based multi-disciplinary Cork Midsummer Festival; Music Alive, a county-wide arts and mental health organisation; and Sirius Arts Centre.
The Creative Enquiry - Arts and Older People programme draws on the creative inputs and specialist know-how of the different partners that make up the consortium. Creative Enquiry is an initiative of two Cork based local authorities, Cork City Council and Cork County Council arts offices in strategic partnership with, Age and Opportunity, the National organisation that promotes more positive attitudes to older people and, the HSE Cork Kerry Community Healthcare-Cork South Community Work Department, facilitating community health and well-being initiatives, and, the three independent partner arts organisations.
The Creative Enquiry partners share the following value statement;
There is a universal right to participate in arts and culture. The arts has the potential to be transformative, to change and influence the attitudes and experiences of citizens. The arts can impact our wellbeing through the whole of our lives.
To sustain the arts we need to interrogate how art is made accessible, innovative and engaging. We need to embed access to the arts in our values as organisations but also action those values in what we deliver. Sometimes this is about policy development, about advocacy, about inspiration, about co-creating and sometimes this is about addressing practical barriers.
Colette Lewis is an artist living in Cork. She works largely through a social art model of practice researching forms of embodied knowledge and place through collaborative engagement. She is a member of the artist trio IoD (Institute of Dwelling) currently adapting vernacular and folk practices that tap into sensitivities and intelligence inherent in the body. For the Creative Enquiry Artist Residency with the Sirius Arts Centre her research is exploring latent forms of place-based knowledge and skill that have slipped out of current day usage yet hold significant social histories and an enduring relevance for the coming generation in Cobh and the Great Island community.
Creative Enquiry - Arts and Older People is financially supported by: the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon Invitation to Collaboration scheme; Cork City Council; Cork County Council; and, the HSE Cork Kerry Community Healthcare- Cork South Community Work Department, with in kind support from Age and Opportunity, and each host arts organisation.