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Creative Ageing

This international community of interest brings together researchers, practitioners and other stakeholders to explore what it means to age creatively.

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.


We have a growing international membership including artists, researchers, health professionals and others interested in the intersection between creativity and ageing.

Steering committee members:  

We would like to acknowledge the role that Cathy Baily played in the early development of this SIG. Her mentorship and expertise in creative ageing was invaluable to us as a network of researchers working in this area.

Joining the SIG:

If you would like to be part of the Creative Ageing SIG, please contact our Chair:

Please also follow us on Twitter @BSGcreativeSIG


  • DISCUSSION GROUPS: We're looking for people to support us in discussing - governance/ethics, events, webinars etc.
  • SIG PREPRESENTATIVES: Would you be interested in representing an important area of creativity and/or ageing?
  • DIGITAL MEDIA OFFICER: Are you social media savvy? We need someone to support/ develop our digital media. 

If you're interested in any of these activities, please contact Emily Bradfield


  • What does it Mean to Age Creatively? (Monday 4 November, Manchester UK)
  • Inaugural Symposium - BSG Annual Conference (July 2019, Liverpool UK)