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Creative Ageing

This vibrant community of interest is cross-disciplinary, international, and growing in stature, as a rapidly evolving evidence-base demonstrates the potential for creativity to contribute widely within the lives of individuals and communities. 

Aims & Objectives:

We aim to support a diverse range of members' interests, but our main aims are to:

  • Share and advocate for high-quality research and best practise in creative ageing
  • Develop and support cross-disciplinary and cross-sectoral partnerships
  • Provide a forum for critical evaluation of methodological and theoretical development
  • Represent members' interests in connection to national/international policy initiatives  

We offer virtual and physical spaces for collaborative critical thinking, grounded in social gerontology. A strong emphasis is also placed on supporting and mentoring emerging researchers in the creative ageing field, through knowledge exchange and research mentoring.


The SIG was established in February 2019 and our steering committee members are:

  • Emily Bradfield - Chair (@erbradfield)
  • Robyn Dowlen- Vice-Chair (@RobynDowlen) 
  • Karen Gray- Secretary (@kcrgray)
  • Kat Algar-Skaife - Welsh Representative (@Kat_Algar)
  • Cathy Bailey - Mentor  

Joining the SIG:

If you would like to be part of the Creative Ageing SIG, please contact Emily Bradfield


Please also follow us on Twitter @BSGcreativeSIG

Upcoming Events:

We are delighted to be holding our inaugural Symposium at this year's BSG Annual Conference in Liverpool, on Thursday 11th July. 

This will take place in: Parallel Session 2 / Room 8, 11th July 19, 11:00. 

We are also inviting members to join us for informal pre-dinner drinks before the conference dinner.