Welcome to the Look at Me! Project
The Look at Me! Images of Women & Ageing Project aims to transform the way society views older women.
This is a unique project which will challenge the current perceptions of older women in our society. The Second World Assembly on Ageing in 2002 recognised a need to challenge stereotyped images of ageing, particularly in relation to older women. The use of visual methods as a means of allowing older women to tell us their experiences of ageing is one way of doing this but, to date, `ordinary´ older women have not had the opportunity to either comment on, or create, their own images of ageing. This project aims to do precisely that.
We have invited older women in Sheffield to join our creative workshops exploring images of ageing. The women were given the opportunity to create their own images of the ageing process, which we are proposing to exhibit at public venues in and around Sheffield in March 2011 to mark the centenary of International Women’s Day.
The project has received coverage in The Yorkshire Post; The Times Higher Educational Supplement; The Sheffield Telegraph; The Sheffield Star and The Sheffield Star (1); Arts Professional; Working Women; Geripal and has featured on BBC Radio Sheffield, and Communities Live, Sheffield.’ View our press releases announcing the launch of the project and the launch of the exhibition.
The New Dynamics of Ageing Programme is a seven year multidisciplinary research initiative with the ultimate aim of improving quality of life of older people. The programme is a unique collaboration between five UK Research Councils - ESRC, EPSRC, BBSRC, MRC and AHRC - and is the largest and most ambitious research programme on ageing ever mounted in the UK.
Labour Party Commission on Older Women
It is great news to hear that the Look at Me! project is having an impact in the policy world. Along with colleagues in the Department of Sociological Studies at The University of Sheffield - Professor Alan Walker and Dr Liam Foster - Lorna submitted evidence from the Look at Me! project to the Harriet Harman/ Labour Party Commission on Older Women. We are very pleased to report that this evidence has been cited in the Interim Report (Sept 2013, p. 31). It reads: 'For women, the physical signs of ageing are frequently negatively stereotyped often becoming the butt of humour - the comic battleaxe or portrayed as victims'. ...» read more
Its been a while since we have posted any news to the website. However, since the project ended in 2011 we have continued to disseminate findings from the research and to monitor the various social and academic impacts that have arisen from the work. We are very excited about the positive feedback we continue to receive about Look at Me! and thought you might like to hear about some of this. To learn more about what people are saying and find out what we have been up to click here: PDF file...» read more