‘Winter Fires’ publication date

Winter Fires, Art and Agency in Old Age will be published by Baring Foundation on 27 November 2012 and will be available shortly afterwards.

Winter Fires draws on meetings with about thirty artists who were born between the 1920s and the 1940s to explore how artistic creation can shape the experience of ageing. It argues that art offers those who practise it a distinctive and  empowering form of agency – and one that need not diminish with age. It includes full colour portraits by Mik Godley of some of the contributors.

The final revisions are being made over the next two weeks and then the text will go for design and printing. The book will be available through the Foundation (details will follow) and a PDF version will be on this website.More information will be posted as it becomes available.


  1. This is so interesting – I’ve been working on a dialogic portraits project for the last three years I’d like to share with you. For a little more please see my website. Please do keep me informed of what you’re doing.

  2. Thanks – your site is very rich and the ‘Apart of the Artworld’ portraits are great. The process of working with the older artists and Mik Godley to produce the portraits has been fascinating, and goes to the heart of the territory ‘Regular Marvels’ is exploring. Mostly it has worked (though often in unexpected ways): when it hasn’t, the reasons and experience have been equally informative. We plan to put up a filmed conversation about the portraits after the publication of the book – in December or January.

  3. Great to hear back from you – I’m not sure if you have my email address, but please do add me to your list and, if you have time in London sometime, it would be interesting to catch up. We have met incidentally at various things before (including when I was at the Hayward) but it would be good to share ideas about our work.Also do let me know if there’s a launch for the Baring book!

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