Welcome to
Independent Creative Living

Our aim is to provide housing in a safe, stimulating and creative environment for older artists and other creative people - harnessing creativity, skills and knowledge to benefit the creative life and vitality of a region.

Our guiding principles are:

  • Affordability
  • Community
  • Creativity
  • Low impact living

About

About our idea

An imaginative housing initiative for older creative people.

Resources

Challenging assumptions

Photo by Jason Thompson

Pro­fes­sor Rose Gilroy address­es issues sur­round­ing old­er peo­ple’s hous­ing at Think about it … liv­ing cre­ative­ly, for life!’ at Baltic Cen­tre for Con­tem­po­rary Art, Gateshead, June 2016.

Housing initiatives

Select­ed links to hous­ing solu­tions for old­er artists in the UK and beyond.

Keeping people happy

Photo by Jason Thompson

Hans Beck­er, a guru for old­er care’ speaks about self-deter­mi­na­tion at Think about it … liv­ing cre­ative­ly, for life!’ at Baltic Cen­tre for Con­tem­po­rary Art, Gateshead, June 2016.

Power and agency

Photo by Jason Thompson

François Mataras­so reflects on pow­er and agency for old­er peo­ple at Think about it … liv­ing cre­ative­ly, for life!’ at Baltic Cen­tre for Con­tem­po­rary Art, Gateshead, June 2016.

Research and policy

Links to select­ed doc­u­ments on the rela­tion­ship between age­ing, hous­ing, cre­ativ­i­ty and the arts.

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News

Ageing without children

There is still an assump­tion that all old­er peo­ple in the UK have chil­dren or grand­chil­dren who will be able to help them in lat­er life.

Cohousing especially for older women

OWCH move in

OWCH (Old­er Women’s Cohous­ing) is a group of women over fifty who, as an alter­na­tive to liv­ing alone have cre­at­ed their own com­mu­ni­ty in a new, pur­pose-built block of flats in High Bar­net, London.

Sharing knowledge on older arts issues

Artist Francis Bailey at VOLTage, glór, Ennis, Co.Clare, part of Bealtaine Festival 2016. Photo: Eamon Ward

The ideas behind Inde­pen­dent Cre­ative Liv­ing were pre­sent­ed at the 2016 Beal­taine Fes­ti­val held in Dublin.

Thinking about it....

Photo by Jason Thompson

Launch sym­po­sium to explore the poten­tial for inde­pen­dent cre­ative liv­ing in North East England.

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