Winter Fires: Book now available

Winter Fires: Art and agency in old age is published today.

Old age haunts the human imagination. Nowadays, it also haunts the politics, sociology, medicine and economics of an ageing world. Art has taken age as a subject since ancient times, giving its unique insights into other experiences. And artists have always shown that ageing does not mean stopping or even slowing down.

Winter Fires explores how the practice of art can change not the fact but the experience of old age. Art confers agency on its creator. It offers a capacity to act in the world by making something that did not exist before.The book is based on conversations with artists of all kinds who, whatever else retirement has brought, are as creative as ever. Illustrated with portraits by Mik Godley, Winter Fires offers an unusual, optimistic glimpse of creative ageing.

Winter Fires is published today by the Baring Foundation and is available free of charge from the Foundation.

The Baring Foundation, 
60 London Wall, 
London EC2M 5TQ

Tel: 020 7767 1348 

The book can also be downloaded as a PDF from the links below

Winter Fires (Download high res, 4.5 mb)

Winter Fires (Download low res, 1.7 mb)

Also available – Where We Dream

To download a copy of the first book in this series, Where We Dream: West Bromwich Operatic Society and the Fine Art of Musical Theatre, follow this link


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