Creative ageing is an urgent and fashionable topic, yet currently unsustainable

Creative ageing is a two-fold problem: the crisis of our artists ageing into poverty, and the lack of sustainability in training and programs as a broader public ages creatively.
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‘Growing old has become fashionable,’ said Judith Bowtell.

Formerly a policy strategist with Create NSW and now CEO of Milk Crate Theatre in Sydney – which runs the only training course in the country for late career artists – Bowtell chaired the recent SAMAG panel on Creative Ageing, which was timed in the lead in to International Day of Older Persons (1 October).

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina