Outstanding public engagement initiative (cultural institutions)

Ed Watts, The Whitworth

Danger! Men at Work

Danger! Men at Work addresses a traditionally under-represented audience within cultural participation: older men. This project encompasses publications, research, activities and an exhibition. It explores older men’s place in society and culture and aims to address social isolation and loneliness within these groups. Danger! Men at Work was co-curated with older male residents in an Anchor Housing Trust care home.

Residents worked alongside artists and Museum curators to develop the exhibition, exploring notions of masculinity, identity and ageing. Curators and conservators took the group through works from the Whitworth’s collection and, through these sessions, the men created the exhibition.

Ed says: “To win the Making a Difference award was fantastic validation for the hard work of everyone who had worked on the project and to celebrate the work of all the brilliant participants.”

Watch Ed's film.