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Defying Ageism: The Power of Collections in Advocacy — 21 June 2022

© Jon Sleigh

Ageism sits quietly within many cultures, and casts a long shadow within our museum collections. Objects and artworks often depict an idealised, romantic or misleading image of ageing. Interpretations which lead us to see the elderly as ‘sweet’ or ‘unproblematic’ are deeply ageist, and deny the rich emotional and intellectual life of those aging well.

How can we challenge this narrative, and use pieces for the advocacy of those aging well today? How in turn can we orientate collections for the advocacy of others? This session explores practical ways in which we can reread and use collections for age positivity. Combining powerful museum examples with a range of expert speakers, this session offers a warm, collaborative, and practical environment to explore engagement on ageing within museums.

Study Day: Defying Ageism: The Power of Collections in Advocacy takes place on Tuesday 21 June 2022

Workshop leader: Workshop leader Jon Sleigh (he/him) is a learning officer, learning curator and art history writer. He works freelance nationally as a specialist in fine art engagement with a diverse portfolio of arts institutions, museum and heritage sites across the UK. Clients include The National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, The National Archives, Historic Royal Palaces, Art Fund, V&A, Government Art Collection DCMS and the Arts Council Collection. Prior to this Jon worked for Birmingham Museums Trust / The Arts Collection in Round One of the acclaimed ACE National Partners Programme. Jon has built a strong reputation for innovation, applied ethics and delivery of projects reflecting inclusive futures. He has a passion for challenging and underrepresented narratives in art – co-producing with communities and bringing their lived experience to artworks for advocacy.

Study Day Format: Working in small groups with a welcoming and informal atmosphere, study day participants will benefit from expert guidance and support coupled with hands-on, practical sessions.

Tickets: Select options to reserve tickets: Book your ticket online below or email if you prefer to be invoiced.

Tickets are non-refundable but may be swapped between colleagues at the same organisation. If the workshop is postponed due to Covid-19 restrictions your ticket remains valid for the rescheduled date.

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