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.
Obtain guidance on using participatory visual methods: click here to view
Find out about the challenges of creating alternative images of ageing: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jaging.2011.08.001
Read about the views of older women on dominant media images and explore their responses to those images: http://www.palgrave.com/products/title.aspx?pid=409441 ...» read more
The Look at Me! project ended in November 2011. Since then, members of the project team have been busy writing up and giving talks on the findings. We have also run workshops at a local school bringing together project participants and children to explore images of ageing. Images from the project are now on display at various sites, being used on book covers, and featuring in articles. You can download the key findings from the project and details of its impact from the New Dynamics of Ageing website:
http://www.newdynamics.group.shef.ac.uk/nda-findings-10.html...» read more