An older woman sits in her living room, alone. She speaks to us about her day-to-day experience, an experience that a growing number of older people in our communities face. Her living room is in a busy public space and what is normally hidden from view is open to public attention.
For eight months artist Sharon Bailey travelled across Newcastle, Gateshead and East Durham photographing and recording conversations with them, spending hours talking and listening. The project was funded by Arts Council England and supported by Newcastle City Council.
‘Home Alone’ brings these untold stories and images out of the houses and into busy public spaces. The stories are important and need to be heard.
To mark the United Nations' (UN) International Day of Older Persons, you are invited to experience this moving performance piece, which highlights the real life experiences of older people living in the North East region who are stuck at home for long periods of time, alone. Following this will be a discussion and Q&A with the artist on the making of the piece and the issues it explores. We will then discuss how technologies and new innovations are addressing the issues around social isolation.
Attend in person
This event will take place at The Catalyst, 3 Science Square, Newcastle Helix, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 5TG
To attend in person select an 'In person' ticket on the Eventbrite booking page.
5:30pm: Introduction by Nic Palmarini, UK's National Innovation Centre for Ageing
5:35pm: Sharon Bailey presents the exhibit and performance piece, Home Alone
6:15pm: Screening of Home Alone Together
6:35pm: Sharon Bailey in conversation with Professor Thomas Scharf, Newcastle University
7:05pm: Looking ahead: Nic Palmarini on how innovations have the potential to address the challenges of social isolation
The Catalyst remains operational and accessible, and provides a safe environment for our staff and customers. We continue to assess the risk of COVID-19 alongside the latest guidance from government. We will be operating a reduced capacity for in person tickets and taking all appropriate precautions. The wearing of facemasks in the building is encouraged in line with Newcastle University and Oxford Innovation policy.
For virtual viewers, we invite you to watch a pre-recorded video of the performance piece and Sharon's film, Home Alone Together. Please then join us at 6:35pm on 1st October for conversations with Sharon Bailey, Professor Thomas Scharf and Nic Palmarini.
The event is being livestreamed via Microsoft Teams. You do not need the Microsoft Teams app or a Microsoft 365 account to join. We will email you a link for the digital event via Eventbrite a few days beforehand, as well as give you a link to watch the pre-recorded performance piece and the film.
To register to view online, select the 'Virtal' option for tickets on the Eventbrite booking page.
About the Artist
Sharon Bailey is an artist and creative producer working within communities across the North East of England and internationally.
Her projects span art, heritage and health and she tells the stories of those she connects with, those living on the edges of our society, creating a space where individuals can talk, make and share.
About Professor Tom Scharf
Thomas Scharf is a Professor of Social Gerontology and co-leads Newcastle University's Centre for Ageing and Inequalities. He joined Newcastle University in 2016, having previously been Director of the Irish Centre for Social Gerontology, NUI Galway, Ireland (2010-15).
From 2019 to 2022, he is the President of the British Society of Gerontology and a Fellow of the UK Academy of Social Sciences.
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