We want to tell new stories about age and identity; the ones we actually live and the ones we long to live.
Our dominant story of ageing is a negative one.
It goes something like this; being young is good but as you enter the second half of life you go into decline becoming more ugly and less able mentally and physically and that is bad, and then comes death.
Children as young as 4 hold negative attitudes towards being old despite the opposite evidence that happiness is on an upward trajectory in our 60s, 70s and 80s. It's a story which many are critiquing, especially with the ageism towards and marginalisation of older people highlighted during the coronavirus pandemic. It's good to critique, but it is essential to imagine.
So what are the other stories of ageing waiting to be imagined?
Not about being old, but about being any age and every age?
And how do we make these new stories visible, hearable, feelable and sharable?
We think art is one way. Big art, small art, blue tack modelling art; expressions of the experience of inhabiting an age identity, whether that is old, young or something in between, but the real one not the stereotyped one.
SO we are holding informal creative online meetings to see what we can dream up.