GOING TO SEE CULTURE
2011 - present
"Being with a group of people with very different ideas of art makes you think and see differently."
Going to See Culture Together is a monthly event that brings older people together to discover new places, people and explore art in the city, led by arts facilitator Jonathan Quarterman. It gives a unique opportunity to collectively experience the arts and cultural offer in Brighton and Hove.
"It is a great opportunity to gather together and share experiences, especially for retired people who have fewer occasions to do so and are maybe living alone."
Jonathan Quarterman provides bespoke sessions for each outing that are accessible, offering a warm welcome and supportive environment where conversation can open up new ways of seeing and enjoying art.
The group has visited art museums and galleries around Brighton, film screenings, artist talks, as well as concerts and performances. Members have also gotten access to Fabrica’s programme of exhibitions and activities, which made them more engaged with the gallery and the other workshops provided, such as experimental drawing or textile flow.
"I adored going to see the live screening of the Metropolitan Opera. It was so wonderful! I wanted to pinch myself and I felt lucky and privileged to have the opportunity to be there."
Going to See Culture Together is a stimulating event for people who might not have access to the arts in their everyday life. It also helps to develop broader and more diverse audiences within arts organisations, as well as increase the representation of older people in those spaces.
" broadened my exposure to variety of cultural events that I would not see because of entry costs i.e. Bloomsbury exhibit at Museum and Theatre dance event. And expanded my understanding of art after exploring my own and others impressions of the works. Lead to me attending workshops at Fabrica basket weaving and life drawing.."
This project has been kindly funded in 2020 by The Worshipful Company of Grocers and The Chalk Cliff Trust.