Arts & Ages

Arts & Ages is an intergenerational arts programme nurturing partnerships between 8 primary schools and 8 groups of older people in Tower Hamlets

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Arts & Ages was Magic Me’s ambitious, three-year programme, nurturing partnerships between primary schools and groups of older people in Tower Hamlets through the arts. 

This came at the perfect time. I had just moved in and felt unsettled. This has helped me feel settled. You have fun when you’re here with the kids, but then it enthuses your whole day.

Older Person, Extra Care Scheme

Between 2018 – 2021, Magic Me supported primary schools and older people’s venues to establish long-lasting relationships and gain the practical understanding and skills to develop ongoing intergenerational connections. 

By providing expertise, artist support and high quality arts provision, Magic Me helped partners find ways to connect and collaborate for the mutual benefit of children and older people. By connecting individuals and organisations, Arts & Ages fostered greater understanding and forged links across communities. 

With workshops led by a team of freelance artists, younger and older people came together to create artworks that reflected what they have to say, and challenge perceptions of who they are, becoming active citizens in their communities.

Head over to our partnership pages for information on individual projects:

Read An Introduction to Arts & Ages for a full overview of the programme.

Read about Arts & Ages during the COVID-19 pandemic and the final phase of the programme between April – July 2021.

Over three years Arts & Ages has been funded by: Aldgate & Allhallows Foundation, Allen and Overy, Lucas Tooth Trust, The Haberdashers’ Benevolent Foundation, The Ironmongers’ Foundation, The Worshipful Company of Mercers, London Borough of Tower Hamlets MSG Health and Wellbeing, Gateway Housing Association, Players of the People’s Postcode Lottery, the 72 people who donated to the Big Give 2019 Christmas Challenge

Featured images by Holly Falconer and Samia Meah