Our Impact

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The Award for Civic Arts Organisations 2023

In 2023 Entelechy Arts was shortlisted for Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation’s Award for Civic Arts Organisations 2023, together with 9 other inspiring organisations, for their “commitment to true co-creation and community agency“.

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2020 – 2021 Trustees Report

Below you can find and download a copy of our Trustee report for the period ended 31 March 2021.

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Our year together – apart
April 2020 – March 2021 in numbers

When lockdown began in March 2020, our team worked to transform our wide-reaching creative programmes to ensure that our communities, many of which were shielding, continued to have vital access to community, culture and connections during such a challenging time. We’ve created this animated infographic to remember our year in numbers.

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Read about the IMPACT of our work in ‘More Than We Ever Dreamed’ here

Ambient Jam is the second time I’ve walked into an environment and thought ‘this is my daughter’s world’. The other being a hospice. Here Leah is herself, she is one of the facilitators. Music, movement, receptivity, and being spontaneous, that’s what Leah is about.

Parent of a participant, Ambient Jam programme

“I think the Meet Me programme is one of the most innovative, and potentially one of the most effective complex public health interventions designed to improve and maintain the quality of life for older people. It has the potential to deliver many quality of life outcomes encompassing physical, mental and social life domains. I have seen at first-hand how transformational the programme has been in the lives of older people”

Danny Ruta, Director of Public Health, London Borough of Lewisham

“In the session it made me emotional to see the look on Brian’s face – taken away from this place, taken somewhere else, taken out of himself – I saw the young man he probably was. All the money in the world couldn’t have given what you gave him. Brian has no family. All his family died. His wife died – they were both ‘only’ children and they had no children.”

Paulette Dixon, Activities Co-ordinator, Tower Bridge Care Home

“We don’t have a certificate to say we went to a drama school but in this community, here we are recognised. We want to be remembered.”

Participant Gwen Sewell

Many organisations cite and write about the impact of our work. Here are a few.

Key Workers. Creative ageing in lockdown and after by David Cutler.

Wishing to document and learn from this period, the Baring Foundation ran a small survey of 62 arts organisations and invited 15 organisations to write case studies. This report recounts the experience of these arts organisations and artists. Find us on Page 32.

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photo credit Sorcha Bridge

Age Against The Machine – A Festival of Creative Ageing Evaluation Report

This report was researched and written by Elizabeth Lynch MBE
The festival took place in Autumn 2019 and was produced by Entelechy Arts and the Albany, London Borough of Lewisham 2019

Read the report PDF here

Creative Ageing and the City: Symposium Report

Our Creative Ageing and the City Symposium (co-produced with the Albany) provided a unique moment to reflect on the opportunities afforded by sustained arts and cultural practice in making our cities age-friendly and dynamic.

The symposium was supported by the Mayor of London’s Cultural Team and bought together contributors from London, Manchester and Tokyo.

Read more in the Symposium PDF

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The Deputy Mayor of London for Culture, Mayor of Lewisham and Entelechy Arts artists & participants. Photo credit Roswitha Chesher

Inquiry into the Civic Role of Arts Organisations

The Inquiry seeks to increase awareness of the civic role that arts organisations play, or could play, nationally and in their communities. The interviewed Artistic Director David Slater to answer the question “What happens if you make visible people who are invisible?”

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Creative Dementia Arts Network

The Creative Dementia Arts Network promotes the health and well being of people with dementia through creative arts.

This is a review on our work Little Boxes of Memories.

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© Mike Pinches 2019. All Rights Reserved.

The Campaign to End Loneliness

The Campaign to End Loneliness inspires thousands of organisations and people to do more to tackle the health threat of loneliness in older age. They have a case study on our 21st Century Tea Dance.

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The Baring Foundation

The Baring Foundation improves the quality of life of people experiencing disadvantage and discrimination by me making grants to voluntary and other civil society organisations. They highlighted our work in a document on tackling loneliness in older age and the role of the arts.

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UK Theatre

UK Theatre is the UK’s leading theatre and performing arts membership organisation. They promote excellence, professional development, and campaign to improve resilience and increase audiences across the sector. Samuel West, Chair of the National Campaign for the Arts highlights our work.

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François Matarasso

François Matarasso created Regular Marvels. It is an independent project that explores alternative ways of understanding people’s experience of art.  He wrote about our BED project and artists in Life Is For Living: Artistry In Old Age.

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