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.
ESRC Impact Award 2014
RSRA Principal Investigator, Lorna Warren, was delighed to receive second prize in the Economic and Social Research Council's Impact Awards earlier this month. The winners were announced during a ceremony at The Royal Society, London, on 5 June 2014. Lorna achieved second prize in the category for Outstanding Impact in Society. This is important recognition indeed of the impact the Look at Me! project has had on participants and society more generally. This work continues, as Lorna exlained: "Through this combination of participatory arts projects, intergenerational learning on age awareness and a challenging charter, we have begun a crucial three-pronged attack to shift stereotyped and negative perceptions which we know shape the social value, opportunities and resources assigned to women as they age". Big congratulations to the whole RSRA team! Read more here: http://www.esrc.ac.uk/news-and-events/events/celebrating-impact-prize/prize-winners-2014.aspx ...» read more
Charter against Ageism and Sexism in the Media (ChASM)
Hello! We wanted to let you know that Lorna has been busy working on a Charter against Ageism and Sexism in the Media. This is a joint venture involving The National Union of Journalists, Women,Ageing and Media, Women in Journalism and the New Dynamics of Ageing Programme. The Charter is gathering momentum but we really need more support and publicity. Please visit the New Dynamics of Ageing website to sign the Charter: http://www.newdynamics.group.shef.ac.uk/petition.html and tell your friends about it! ...» read more