Anna Goulding

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The role of creative interventions in fostering connectivity and resilience in older people is an AHRC-funded project critically reflecting on a range of approaches to developing resilience including community-led design, visual arts interventions, gardening and theatre.  

Contemporary visual art and identity construction - wellbeing amongst older people, funded by the cross-research council New Dynamics of Ageing Programme, used a qualitative approach to gauge a range of older people's reactions to visiting contemporary art galleries.  This led to a follow-on project which contributed to research-informed arts policy and interventions designed to improve the lives of older people.  

Dementia and Imagination: Connecting communities and developing well-being through socially engaged visual arts practice is being led by Dr. Windle at Bangor University and is funded by the AHRC Connected Communities Programme: Communities, Cultures, Health & Well-Being Large Grants. This project brings together researchers from social sciences in areas such as dementia, gerontology, psychology and economics with research in the visual arts, cultural policy and museum studies.  The project aims to look at developing well-being and connecting communities through socially engaged visual arts practice. 

Research for Community Heritage was funded by AHRC under the Connected Communities Programme and involved working with heritage groups to develop their projects.

Previous research has focused on the impact of art gallery educational programmes upon participants in terms of developments to their knowledge and understanding, self-confidence and sense of identity.  With a background in gallery education, I am keen that research has a practical application and feeds into contemporary gallery education practice, providing meaningful experiences for participants. 

Current Work

This consists of a number of research projects:

PI - AHRC-funded project exploring the role of creative interventions in fostering connectivity and resilience in older people.

CI/RA – a project exploring how the lives of older people can be improved by examining their use of contemporary visual art for identity construction practices funded by the New Dynamics of Ageing Programme (

CI/RA - ESRC-funded Follow-on project developing research-informed arts policy and arts interventions designed to improve the wellbeing of older people - based upon the NDA funded research.

CI/RA - a project that links University research with heritage groups in NE England funded by AHRC under the Connected Communities Programme

Esteem Indicators


Goulding, A. & Newman, A. 'The development of resilience through creative interventions', 8th International Conference on Cultural Gerontology, National University of Ireland, Galway, April 2014

Goulding, A. & Newman, A. 'Research into the use of arts to improve the lives of older people and its impact upon policy and practice', 5th Annual International Arts and Health Conference, UNSW, Sydney, Australia, 12-14 November 2013

Newman, A. & Goulding, A. 'Engaging with contemporary visual art: Maintaining health and well-being', British Society of Gerontology's 42nd Annual Conference, Oxford University, 11-13 September 2013 

Newman, A. & Goulding, A. 'Contemporary visual art and the wellbeing of older people: policy and practice'. British Society of Gerontology's Annual Conference, Keele University, 11-13 July 2012

Newman, A. & Goulding, A. 'The role of social networks in determining the nature of older people’s engagement with contemporary visual art and its relationship to wellbeing', 64th Annual scientific meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, Boston, USA, 18-22 November 2011  

Newman, A. & Goulding, A. 'The impact of engagement with contemporary visual art on the wellbeing of older adults'. VII EUROPEAN INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS, HEALTHY AND ACTIVE AGEING FOR ALL EUROPEANS "II", Bologna, Italy, April 2011.

Goulding, A. 'Lifelong learning for people aged 64+ within the contemporary art gallery context', European Conference on Educational Research, Helsinki, Finland, August 2010. 

Goulding, A. 'Bringing digital media into the classroom'. 4th International Conference on the Arts in Society, Venice, Italy, July 2009. 

Goulding, A. 'Digital media artists working with teachers'. British Educational Research Association, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, September 2008. 

Goulding, A. 'Project Transfer - shifts in the social and cultural capital of Further Education apprentices involved in constructing an artwork' at BERA (British Educational Research Association) Institute of Education, London, September 2007.