Our final talk in the Wellcome series on ageing and the medical humanities will be given by Professor David Amigoni of the University of Keele at 6pm on Monday the 7th of December at 6pm in K0.31 in the main building of the Strand Campus.
The abstract for the talk appears below
Late Style, A ‘Bright Past’ and the art of the everyday
This talk for ‘The Health Humanities and Ageing’ seminar will focus on some of the collaborative, humanities-based research on ageing that has been conducted at Keele University. It will focus on ‘The Ages and Stages’ project on ageing and theatre; and also the AHRC-funded ‘Late-Life Creativity’ project, conducted in partnership with King’s College, London. As Desmond O’Neill has recently commented, late-life creativity ‘is of great importance to clinicians and society alike’ (Lancet, Nov 28, 2015) and the talk will take the idea of ‘late style’ in order to explore, but also perhaps seek to reconcile, different approaches to evaluating the place of art works and art practices in older people’s lives. To undertake to explore an artist’s ‘late style’ is to suggest, perhaps, expert historical knowledge of the kind that the art historian and curator Sam Smiles brought to his recent exhibition of ‘Late Turner’. This kind of knowledge and approach sits perhaps uneasily with Andrew Newman’s participative, audience-focused approach to the everyday viewing of art by older people. My talk will explore the ways in which an approach to a ‘late style’ work (‘A Bright Past for Stoke on Trent’) of an older artist, the theatre designer Peter Rice, may play a role in reconciling these approaches.