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The Bealtaine Debate - Does Age have a Bearing on Creativity?

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First Floors Seminar Room, Mercers Institute for Successful Ageing (MISA)

St.James Hospital

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The Bealtaine Debate - Does Age have a Bearing on Creativity?

Featuring visual artists Brian Maguire and Jochen Gerz, together with Professor of Psychology at Trinity College Dublin, Ian Robertson, and Dr David Robinson, consultant physician in geriatric medicine at St James' Hospital with Chair, Sarah Glennie, Director of the National College of Art and Design, this discussion will explore whether age has a bearing on creativity, at what age artists and creative people reach their full creative potential, what reaching ‘peak creativity’ might mean and the impact of ageism on perceptions around this. This discussion is run in partnership with the MISA, and the National College of Art and Design.
The Bealtaine Debate will be of interest to artists, creatives and students, the public, sociologists, psychologists and those working in the arts and older people.
Brian Maguire (b.1951) is a painter. Since he started exhibiting in the early 80’s his work has focused on areas of society where the public gaze is blurred - prisons, hospitals, paramilitary groups. He often works by placing himself in the area of interest for long periods of time, spending years in various prisons in Ireland and more recently in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico. He is represented by the Kerlin Gallery, Dublin and Fergus McCaffrey Gallery, New York and Tokyo.
Jochen Gerz (b. 1940, Berlin) After beginning his career in the literary field Gerz started working as a conceptual artist with new media in the late 1960s. His work has been shown in group and solo exhibitions, as well as retrospectives, in European and North-American museums. Since the 1980s, he has created his iconic Counter-monuments calling on the creative potential of people which influences not only daily life and the individual development, but also aims at the social interplay at large, public authorship. Whether he works with text, photography, video, installation, performance, or in public space, at the heart of his practice is the search for an art form that contributes to the res publica and to democracy today.Positions: Member of the Academy of the Arts, Berlin. Honorary Chair at the Braunschweig Art University.
Professor Ian Roberston is Co-Director of the Global Health Institute. A trained clinical psychologist as well as a neuroscientist, he is widely known internationally for his research on attention and human brain. His popular writing has included four books aimed at the general reader: Mind Sculpture (2000), The Mind's Eye (2003), Stay Sharp (2005), The Winner Effect (2012) and The Stress Test (2016), all of which have been widely translated. www.ianrobertson.org
Dr David Robinson is a consultant physician in geriatric medicine at St James' Hospital, Dublin and a senior Clinical Lecturer at Trinity College, Dublin. He helped create the Local Asset Mapping Project (LAMP), a community-generated online directory of services to improve health and wellbeing.
Sarah Glennie is a distinguished leader in the arts in Ireland and internationally, working professionally in the cultural realm for twenty years, with extensive experience of directing and working in a number of public cultural institutions in both Ireland and Britain.
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