INTERArts was an intergenerational arts programme for older and younger LGBTQ people.
In collaboration with Age UK, Gendered Intelligence carried out an arts-based project exploring age in relation to gender and sexuality. The project took place between September 2010 and February 2011. Approximately 30 older (50+ yrs) and younger (under 25) lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and genderqueer people worked together to explore age in relation to gender and sexuality.
Workshops took place over 4 Saturdays, culminating in an exhibition of work created by the participants. The work included live performance, installation art, photography, poster art and film. The project considered how age plays a part in forming one’s gender identity and sexuality, and explored how different genders and sexualities are expressed across our aged (younger and older) bodies. Together, participants shared stories which enabled the LGBTQ heritage, history and culture – be it from decades ago, right up to the current day – to be explored and celebrated.
The INTERarts project gathered younger and older lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and genderqueer people to meet, work together and support one another through an arts based project. The project was supported by V-inspired and Pfizer.
The aims of the project were:
– To improve understanding and relationships between younger and older lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people
– To challenge the stereotypes and address the social isolation that can be faced by younger and older LGB and T people
– To encourage people from different generations to learn together, by sharing stories and exploring heritage, history and culture across the decades
– To produce a series of work including film, visual art, music and theatre which would culminate in an exhibition and performance event
One way of meeting these aims has been to disseminate the project through this website so that other practitioners and members of LGBTQ communities might draw on our processes and findings as they plan and execute other work of a similar kind.
For more on the structure of the project’s workshops click ‘Structures’. For more on the techniques and strategies we use to support creativity, click ‘Strategies’. For more on the findings in relation to using the arts as a method click ‘Findings’.