The Golden Years Caravan

A roving cinema and art gallery celebrating the curiosity, creativity and culture of Greater Manchester’s older generation

Curiosity, creativity & culture

Retirement: the golden time in life. A chance to travel the world, legitimately use the phrase, ‘not in my day’, whilst rolling around in your massive retirement fund with a grey-blue rinse.

As an ageing population spending almost a third of our lives in our ‘golden years’, how do we disrupt and push back against the stereotypes of cruises and compression stockings?

Tired of the media’s portrayal of grumpy Grandad’s, passive pensioners and senile seniors, Art with Heart set about challenging the ageing conversation by creating a space to share the voices and talents of older people in their local community.

Grab a brew inside The Golden Years Caravan, a roving cinema and art gallery featuring a series of ambitious artworks which confront common perceptions of ageing and retirement.

The Golden Years Caravan was a celebration of the curiosity, creativity and culture of Greater Manchester’s ‘golden generation’, sharing stories of what it was really like to grow older in Greater Manchester in 2019.

The caravan toured across all ten regions of Greater Manchester, popping up at shopping centres, libraries, retirement homes, community centres and even in a nature reserve!

Audiences at the caravan could enjoy a variety of creative activities. They could; watch short film This is Our Time inside our caravan mini cinema, take a tour of photographic exhibition Old Stock, New Stock,get crafty in activity alcove or connect with a stranger at Conversation Corner. Find out more about our activities below.

Creative credits

The Golden Years Caravan: Conceived and Curated by Art with Heart

This is Our Time: Short film by Thirty Pound Gentleman and neighbours from Manchester Cares.

Produced by Thirty Pound Gentleman

Production Assistant: Roxanna Sultan

Director / Camera / Editor: Rosie Eliza

Music composed by Zed Bias

Narrative written by Danny ‘Falz’ Fahey

Old Stock, New Stock: Photography Exhibition by Joe Smith and facilitator Jenny Harris and women from Ambition for Ageing in Rochdale

Design: Irene Jade and knitters from Smiths Knits and Chandos Sports and Social Club in Salford

Funders & partners

The Golden Years Caravan has been made possible by the generous support of The Lowry, Bolton Arts Forum, Greater Manchester Combined Authority and Great Place GM; a  national Lottery Heritage Fund and Arts Council England initiative.

With special thanks to Lancashire Wildlife Trust, Black Country Touring, Walk the Plank, Lauren Banks, Aquarius Community Centre, Bolton Octagon and Z-Arts.