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Coming of Age - The Art and Science of Aging

(2011) Coming of Age - The Art and Science of Aging

Record type: Art Design Item


Increasing life expectancy in the UK is one of the greatest changes to affect our society in the last 200 years. Over 65s in Britain now outnumber those under 16, with over 85s the fastest growing part of the population. Currently life expectancy is increasing by two or more years each decade, or five hours for every day you live, with no sign of slowing down. The average life expectancy for a child born now is 80.

This exhibition draws together a range of historic and contemporary artworks showing the many different ways artists have examined the effects, the wisdom and the achievements of ageing. It explores the phenomenon of increased longevity and celebrates the triumphs and vitality of older age.

The exhibition is part of a year-long programme of events organised by Newcastle University to launch the ‘Changing Age’ initiative, spotlighting the challenges facing society as we live longer. During 2010, three artists, Andrew Carnie, Annie Cattrell and Jennie Pedley, observed the work of scientists within the University’s Institute for Ageing and Health, one of the world’s leading research centres in this area. The artists responded to this ground-breaking research into the ageing process by producing a new body of specially commissioned artworks.

To listen to a podcast with the exhibition curator Lucy Jenkins, artist Jennie Pedley and collaborating scientist Glynn Nelson please click on the link above John Coplan's Fingers which is on the right hand side of the page.

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Accepted/In Press date: 12 January 2011


Local EPrints ID: 187177
PURE UUID: 844a32e1-0b7c-4a3d-9cf3-94ab1e196ca0

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Date deposited: 16 May 2011 14:00
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 11:46

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Artist: Andrew Carnie
Curator of an exhibition: Lucy Jekins
Artist: Henry Moore
Artist: Annie Cattrell
Artist: John Coplans
Artist: Piere Augste Renoir
Artist: Edward Degas
Artist: Jennie Pedley

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