Research and development is an important part of Magic Me’s practice, enabling us to run high quality projects and to understand their impact.
Over the years we have used research projects to focus on particular aspects of intergenerational arts work e.g. how to run activities with those with dementia or working with Bangladeshi elders. Our research has been done in partnership with individual specialists and academics with expertise in applied arts or the care of older people.
We share our findings widely through providing bespoke training and conference presentations and by publishing reports.
Download Magic Me research reports past and present below, plus you can also find project art work, press and media in our downloads section
Artists Residencies in Care Homes Programme Report
The final report from Magic Me’s programme of Artists Residencies in Care Homes in partnership with care home provider Anchor and some of the leading performing arts companies in the country, helping them to develop their work for a care home audience, including those with dementia. This report on the two year programme covers the work by immersive theatre company, Punchdrunk Enrichment, alt-cabaret collective Duckie, circus company Upswing and performance artist and activist Lois Weaver.
A podcast from the report launch event featuring the speeches by all partners will be available shortly.
A podcast from the report launch event featuring the speeches by all partners is available to listen to and download below. With thanks to producer Lucia Scazzocchio from Cultivaters.
Artists Residencies in Care Homes Programme – PHASE 1 report
A mid-project report on Magic Me’s two programme of Artists Residencies in Care Homes in partnership with care home provider Anchor and some of the leading performing arts companies in the country, helping them to develop their work for a care home audience, including those with dementia. This report on the first phase one of the programme covers the work by immersive theatre company, Punchdrunk Enrichment and performance artist and activist, Lois Weaver. NB A further report on the second phase of the programme working with alt-cabaret collective Duckie and circus company Upswing will be available in Spring 2017.
Rooms with a View: Disrupting and Developing Narratives of Community through Intergenerational Arts Practice
A research report by Dr Caoimhe McAvinchey from the department of Drama at Queen Mary University of London. This report documents and examines our Rooms with a View project – our two year collaborative project with over 200 participants from Tower Hamlets, which culminated in the creation of Speak As You Find, an intergenerational site-specific performance created in Tower Hamlets in Autumn 2015.
Purchase a hard copy of this 70 page report via Paypal – £5.00 donation plus £2.00 P&P
Detail and Daring is a research report that explores the beauty and challenges of arts projects with young and older people, in particular Magic Me’s Weekend at Wilton’s in partnership with Duckie, January – May 2012.
Ten Years of intergenerational arts practice at The Women’s Library led by Magic Me in collaboration with Mulberry School for Girls and local, older women.
by Sue Mayo and Dr Caoimhe McAvinchey
Wild Wild Women is a research report that captures the learning and discoveries made throughout the ten projects Magic Me ran at The Women’s Library. Make sure you check out our microsite which features all ten arts projects and some of the artworks that the intergenerational groups produced.
The Our Generations programme, 2006-09, involved over a thousand people in intergenerational projects in diverse settings across Tower Hamlets – from the library to the park, youth clubs to people’s front rooms. The aim was to compare the benefits and practicalities of intergenerational projects with a range of people and partners. An outline of acitvities by Kathryn Gilfoy, Programme Manager, is followed by the findings of Dr Caoimhe McAvinchey, External Assessor.
Report on Magic Me’s Continued Professional Development 2004 – 6 programme for our artists, who all specialise in intergenerational arts practice.
by Angela Cotter, with Fiona Fraser, Susan Langford, Linda Rose and Val Ruddock.
Report on a Magic Me action research project involving people with dementia and those who work with them (1998 -2001)
Annual Report 2015 – 16
Our annual report with a full summary of Magic Me’s activity during the 2015/16 Financial Year.
Plus available to buy
Sharing The Experience by Susan Langford and Sue Mayo
A practical handbook on how to set up and run intergenerational arts projects linking young and older people.
Price: £8.00 plus £2.21 p&p