Old Stock New Stock


Changing perceptions of elders in stock photography

Old Stock New Stock is a series of ambitious artwork that confronts perceptions of ageing and retirement. From engineering experts, to daring DJs and poignant poets, meet our collaborators and their fascinating lives!

You can find our portraits located at community spaces throughout Greater Manchester or view them on our website, alongside fantastic content created by our collective by clicking the links below.


Discover the inspiration behind Glyn’s portrait and listen to his exclusive theme tune by clicking here. 

Location: Cadishead Public Band Community Hall

Locklands Lane, Irlam, Manchester M44 6RB



Meet Pauline and read her beautiful poetry by clicking here. 

Location: Radcliffe Library 

Stand Lane, Radcliffe, Manchester M26 1JA


Barry and Brenda 

Get to know our favourite couple- Barry and Brenda by clicking here. 

Location: East Oldham Methodist Church

28 Ripponden Rd, Oldham OL4 2RY



Discover Jagruti’s story as a trailblazing engineer by clicking here.   

Location: Gallery Oldham

35 Greaves Street, Oldham, OL1 1AL


Janet and Cindy 

Join Janet and Cindy for a charity shop session like no other by clicking here.

Location: Eccles Train Station

Eccles, Manchester, M30 0DL



Learn about DJ John’s love of broadcasting and breaking news by clicking here.

Location: Eccles Library

142 Church Street, Eccles, Manchester, M30 0LS


Have a look at Lesley’s experiences of protesting and planting seeds of change here.

Location: Radcliffe Library 

Stand Lane, Radcliffe, Manchester M26 1JA

Project background 

Old Stock New Stock, started back in 2018, as part of The Golden Years’ Caravan, a roving cinema and art gallery featuring a series of portraits that confronted perceptions of ageing and retirement. The Golden Years’ Caravan travelled all over Greater Manchester, reaching 1067 visitors and engaging 68 elders.

Reconnecting during lockdown

Eager to continue to engage with our elders, over lockdown we paired 25 elders with 5 Greater Manchester artists with the simple aim of connecting with one another. Over 150 hours of conversation took place between our creative collective, and during that time they laughed together, sang together, drew portraits, wrote poems, talked politics and pandemics, shared life stories and recipes, created maps and imagined fantasy lands together. Several of the Dial Collective have become our Old Stock New Stock collaborators, as we’ve continued to work together to develop a series of portraits that showcase their interests.

Creative Credits

Old Stock New Stock: Conceived and Curated by Art with Heart

Associate Producer: Megan Holland

Photography Exhibition by Joe Smith, facilitator Chelsea Morgan, and collaborators from Dial

Branding: Studio Baba

Audio descriptions: Elizabeth Wainwright

Funders and Partners

Old Stock New Stock has been made possible by the generous support of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority.

With special thanks to: Reform Radio, The Naz, Eccles Library, Cadishead Public Band Hall, Freccles, Radcliffe Library, Gallery Oldham, East Oldham Methodist Church and Sarah Spencer.

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