The Albany

is an arts centre based in the heart of Deptford with a history embedded in the local community, and driven by the cultural diversity and creative mix of South East London. The venue has a 500 capacity ‘big top inspired’ main house, which has been described as ‘a mini Roundhouse’, as well as two smaller studio spaces, 26 resident companies housed in offices throughout the building, a café and a large garden.

The Albany has a diverse programme of events including theatre, music, comedy, spoken word, circus and work for families.  From Kate Tempest’s Brand New Ancients and Soweto Kinch’s The Legend of Mike Smith to Simon Mole’s Indiana Jones and the Extra Chair and Talawa’s God’s Property, the Albany commissions and develops new projects before they embark on London runs and/or successful tours – often returning to re-meet Albany audiences as polished pieces. In many ways a ‘spiritual home’ for works that challenge new forms, audience dynamic and social relevance, the Albany continues to work with high-profile partners and artists to celebrate original ideas and risk-taking.

The Albany has a range of engagement and participation enterprises, such as its UNCOVER Theatre Company and Music Company for young people, and Meet Me at the Albany, an artist led day club for the over 60s taking place every Tuesday in the Albany café, with a activities and performances for older people.

For more information about the Albany, please visit their website here.

Entelechy Arts

is a participatory arts company that has produced 20 years of quietly transformational practice with people of all ages and abilities – elders, people in care and residential homes, younger people and those with learning difficulties and complex disabilities.  It creates theatre, dance, video events and performances.  Entelechy’s ability to couple imaginative, daring arts work with listening and empathy, connecting people who can be profoundly isolated from their communities and unlocking creative energies, has earned them enormous respect across the health, social care and arts sectors.

Entelechy develops sustained creative programmes working with individuals and groups over long periods of their lives, often through periods of transition and change. The work places people’s current and lifelong experiences, gifts and needs at the heart of the practice creating art works that build shared meaning and community.

Entelechy practice encompasses both intimate one on one performance moments with individuals in their front rooms or on hospital wards and large scale performance and workshop events in venues such as Southbank and Barbican. In 2010 Entelechy was one of 12 UK arts companies taking part in the UK/Brazilian Government cultural exchange, ‘Points of Contact’. Creative relationships have been forged between older Entelechy artists and elders in Brazil with exchange visits and shared virtual performances.

For more information about Entelechy Arts, please visit their website here.


Thought Leadership Links

François Matarasso is a cultural thinker  who has written extensively on creativity and older people:

The Baring Foundation has invested extensively in supporting the development of arts work with older people across the UK:

The Age of Creativity is an online resourse  for practitioners, facilitators, artists and organisations across the UK, working in the field of arts and older people:

The Campaign to end Loneliness website provides information on campaigns to tackle loneliness in older age: