Winter Fires: Art and agency in old age, Baring Foundation

Winter Fires, written by François Matarasso, explores how the practice of art can change not the fact but the experience of old age. Art confers agency on its creator. It offers a capacity to act in the world by making something that did not exist before. The book is based on conversations with artists of all kinds who, whatever else retirement has brought, are as creative as ever. The publication includes some of the work and experiences of older participant artists from Entelechy Arts.

Illustrated with portraits by Mik Godley, Winter Fires offers an unusual, optimistic glimpse of creative ageing.

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