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Good Times: Art for Older People

  • Good Times session

Good Times works with day centres, community centres and care homes to challenge negative perceptions about ageing and dementia, and to improve links between generations by celebrating the positive contributions that older people make in society. Good Times is designed to combat isolation and build trust to engage harder-to-reach audiences ensuring that they feel welcomed at the Gallery and willing to return.

The programme is highly personalised. Within a personal and caring framework, we always challenge our audiences to learn new things, confront assumptions about their limitations and broaden their own perception of what they can achieve.

Good Times offers a vast programme of guided tours, in-house creative arts workshops, integrated arts projects and outreach sessions of art-making and discussion. To accommodate a broad range of tastes and abilities we offer a varied menu of activities from which to choose, on and off-site:

  • Guided tours of the Gallery’s Permanent Collection with specially trained teachers and storytellers
  • Creative art workshops at the Gallery
  • Lectures and discussion groups at the Gallery on our temporary loan exhibitions
  • Creative art workshops at community venues across London
  • Art Appreciation Lectures in a variety of local community settings
  • Specialist themed tours offering new and unexpected interpretations of the Permanent Collection

For further details and to receive a Good Times programme brochure please contact the Community Coordinator by email or call 0208 299 8753 

We have developed valued partnerships with care giving institutions, enhancing the accessibility and experience of the arts for participants, including English Touring Opera, Rambert Dance Company, Kings College Hospital, Chaturangan Dance Company, Turtle Key Arts, Arts 4 Dementia, Red and Yellow Care and Salmagundi Films.

Additionally, we collaborate with Canterbury Christ Church University and have established a strong research partnership. From this, two pieces of research have been published and have been included in three other evaluative reports by university professionals, with another pending.

For Individuals

Prescription for Art

Prescription for Art is a vibrant programme for older people which combats loneliness and inertia through creative arts.

The Gallery has teamed up with local doctors’ surgeries to reach out to those overlooked by other institutions. GPs and Nurses invite patients they feel are most at-risk of isolation to creative workshops in the Sackler Studio at the Gallery.

Several years of experience have shown that art can deliver a real tonic. Participants feel more confident and positive, concentrate better, and often forget their aches and pains. Previous workshops have included every art form, from print-making, painting, clay work, to felt-making, mosaics, sketching and photography. All sessions are accompanied by light refreshments.

The programme has proved so popular that an additional programme of monthly sessions – Repeat Prescription for Art is now offered to accommodate more referrals and participants.

For further information about the programme and how to make, or receive a referral, please contact the Community Engagement Manager or call 0208 299 8734

Intergenerational Workshops

Did you know we offer intergenerational projects, collaborating with people of all ages? Find out more.