Contemporary visual art and identity construction - wellbeing amongst older people, funded by the New Dynamics of Ageing Programme led to a follow-on project which aims to develop research-informed arts policy and interventions designed to improve the lives of older people. We are due to start Dementia and Imagination : connecting communities and developing well-being through socially engaged visual arts practice, led by Dr. Windle at Bangor University and 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.
Previous research has focused on the impact of art gallery educational programmes upon participants in terms of developments to their knowledge and understanding, self-esteem and identity. With a background in education, I am keen that research has a practical application and feeds into contemporary gallery education practice, providing quality experiences for users. I am also working on a project linking the University with heritage groups in NE England, funded by AHRC under the Connected Communities Programme.
This consists of a number of research projects:
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 (www.newdynamics.group.shef.ac.uk/).
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
Conferences and seminars:
Newman, A. & Goulding, A. 2012 Contemporary visual art and the wellbeing of older people: policy and practice. British Society of Gerontology's Annual Conference, Keele University
Newman, A. & Goulding, A. 2011The 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. 2011 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. 2010 Lifelong learning for people aged 64+ within the contemporary art gallery context. European Conference on Educational Research, Helsinki, Finland, August 2010.
Goulding, A. 2009 Bringing digital media into the classroom. 4th International Conference on the Arts in Society, Venice, Italy, July 2009.
Goulding, A. 2008 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.