‘Feeling Fifty Years Younger’: Creativity, Arts-Based Education and Ageing

Presented by Dr Shari Sabeti, Chancellor's Fellow, Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh

Focusing on the activities of the Scottish National Galleries' education department, in particular the popular series of classes and workshops run for adults, Dr Sabeti’s paper explores the idea of ‘educating for creativity’ within the gallery space. It engages with a long-running creative writing workshop which forms part of this programme, the majority of attendees in which are in their fifties, sixties and seventies. While we most commonly think of the creative act as part of the desire to propel oneself into the future, Dr Sabeti suggests that for these individuals and at their stage of life, creativity is more about being in the present, with the hope that her insights might suggest some new ways of structuring, or thinking about creativity, ageing and what galleries can offer educationally.

Dr Shari Shabeti is a Lecturer in Education at Moray House School of Education at the University of Edinburgh.  Her research interests are in the areas of museum education, creativity, literacy, adaptation, multimodal texts and pedagogy, public pedagogy and arts-based education.

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Focusing on the activities of the gallery’s education department, in particular the popular series of classes and workshops run for adults, Dr Shari Sabeti explores the idea of ‘educating for creativity’ within the gallery space through engagement with a long running adult creative writing class which forms part of this programme, and with the majority of attendees being in their fifties, sixties and seventies.

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