The first in a series of international conferences

You are invited to join a Colloquium - 11.30 – 17.00 hrs, Friday October 26th 2012  - University for the Creative Arts at Farnham, Surrey UK

Transparent Boundaries is an EU project bringing together partners from the UK, Denmark, Greece and Italy in multi-disciplinary arts project exploring and responding to:

Where are the older people and why doesn’t society recognize their presence more in popular culture? (Dr. Don A. Grady, Elon University, North Carolina).

The community of the Elder is a trans-national and cross-cultural invisible web of connection. The demographic in developed countries is one of an increasing, and increasingly, aging population with many born today who will live to 100 and beyond. Societal attitudes to the elder differ from culture to culture, but in many countries there is an almost total non-representation in the media, except when problems occur.

In 2007 the world organisation The Elders was formed: an independent group of global leaders who work together for peace and human rights. An Elder is a changemaker – someone who can lead by example, creating positive social change and inspiring others to do the same. The generation who are now entering the age of the Elder is composed of those who have been born since 1945.  This is a generation who have pro-actively shaped the culture in which they have lived, changing attitudes to the young, to women, to sexuality, to work and to the family. They have been politically active and used to seeing themselves represented in the media. There is no evidence that the force for change that this generation embodies is diminishing through age.

Transparent Boundaries is about seizing a moment, changing attitudes, providing possibilities – now. The project makes links across cultures and between generations, finding ways to increase the visibility of the Elder as a vital force with a cultural contribution and impact to be included and referenced. This is a project of empowerment, which will take micro and macro approaches to create a place and space for dialogue and a new kind of visibility through relationships that function between and across cultures.

The Project is in its earliest stages: the first workshops, run by UCA, are currently taking place. At this Colloquium, Project Partners will discuss their approaches each taking lace net-works as their leitmotif, which include dance, mapping, lace, net-works, song and poetry. There will also be a presentation from Australian artist, Fiona Davies who will discuss her exhibition ‘Blood on Silk’ in the James Hockey Gallery, UCA, Farnham, and from the organisation RHL on their Age No Barrier project.


We would be delighted if you would join us and put forward your thoughts which will inform the development of the project. There is no charge to attend but booking is essential as space is limited. Please click on the link to register Transparent Boundaries Colloquium – Friday 26th October 2012

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