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Luminate: Scotland's creative ageing organisation
celebrating creativity as we age

Welcome to Luminate

Luminate, Scotland's creative ageing organisation, runs a diverse programme of creative events and activities throughout the year.  Our projects bring together older people and those from across the generations to celebrate our creativity as we age, share stories of ageing and explore what growing older means to all of us.

Our nationwide creative ageing festival extended the length and breadth of Scotland in October 2017, with 330 events in communities from the Scottish Borders to Shetland.  We are excited that 2018 sees a new approach for us, with lots more work developing creative activities with, by and for older people all year round.  We will be supporting older people's creativity in different ways, for example care home artist residencies and training for older emerging artists.  

To enable our growing year-round programme to develop we won't be running a festival this October, and instead we're working towards a biennial festival starting in 2019.  We've already announced some new events this spring, and more details of our new programme will be announced in the next few weeks.  Make sure you sign up for our e-newsletter to make sure you receive our news as soon as it's available.

Stop Press: we're recruiting.  See for details of the vacant post of Community Engagement Officer with Luminate.

What's on this spring

Seminar with Created Out Of Mind

Neuropsychologist Sebastian Crutch, Director of Created Out of Mind will talk about their interdisciplinary work around dementias, science and the arts.

We're sorry this event is now fully booked, however it will be live streamed online so we hope you can join us wherever you are. More details of how to access the streamed seminar online will be available here soon.

Labs for Emerging Older Artists

Deadline for applications is Monday 26 March. 

Dementia Awareness Training

We're sorry this event is now fully booked, however if you're interested in future events, please make sure that you have signed up for our regular e-newsletter. 

Unforgotten Forces

We have recently appointed artists Gill White and James Winnett for a 3 year residency in Erskine care homes as part of Unforgotten Forces, a partnership between 15 leading organisations which will deliver a range of new services and enhancements for older veterans living in Scotland. These services will cover areas such as advice, access to healthcare, social isolation, respite, along with creative activities and events for those in care settings.

Find out more about the partnership and our artists here

Latest Luminate News

Wed 25 April 6pm St Cecilia's Hall, Edinburgh 6pm Presentation by Sebstian Crutch 7pm Q&A 7:...
Monday 16 April 1pm - 3:30pm  Old Gala House, Scott Crescent, Galashiels TD1 3JS Led, by Age...


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