Arts Alive Secure £100,000 funding from Arts Council England for ‘Creative Conversations’

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Arts Council England is proud to be investing £100,000 to help older people across Shropshire celebrate creativity socially.

Arts Alive, the rural touring scheme for Shropshire, is delighted to announce that it has been awarded £100,000 for Creative Conversations,  a new cross sector, rural partnership project working with older people over three years.

The funding is part of the Celebrating Age programme, jointly funded by the Arts Council through the National Lottery and the Baring Foundation, to tackle issues of social isolation and wellbeing in older people, encouraging them to join in group activities focused around arts and culture.

Creative Conversations will link experienced agencies for arts -Arts Alive, MediaActive, Qube – and health – Age UK, Shropshire Council, Shropshire Provider’s Consortium members to help create a programme of events that reaches and benefits older people.

Covering areas across Shropshire, it will deliver creative workshops, training, residencies, performances and exhibitions for and with older people in the region. Participants and carers will be able to come together to share and celebrate elders’ stories and creativity.

Sian Kerry, director of Arts Alive said “This is a tremendous boost for creative work with older people in the county. Through Creative Conversations and in partnership with Wem Based MediaActive we will work in day centres, care homes and community spaces, giving older people a chance to work with artists and participate in creative activities ranging from storytelling, music, singing and digital media.”

We are thrilled to be awarded one of only 16 grants made across England.

Arts Alive and Media Active will launch the Creative Conversations programme in the autumn 2018.

For more information please contact Sian Kerry 01588 620883 option 1 or email