In general the art world is very interested in young and upcoming talents. But what about elderly artists? They often seem forgotten, and only sometimes discovered. This research focusses on the artistic practice of older artists in the Netherlands. Eighteen visual artists are interviewed and tell about their artistic practice and their life stories. The research is based on these narratives that define the artistic career as a lifelong learning process. Artists learn by everything they make, try and develop. That’s how they build their experience, skills and concepts. But it’s also how the profile themselves and how the create a ‘self’. The ‘self’ is an important concept because it is in essence always social: an artist is not an isolated individual, but someone who profiles his or her ‘self’ in a constant exchange with ‘the other’. From this point of view it is worthwhile to try and see how artistic practices function and how artists reflect on this process. And more specific what the meaning of growing old and lifelong learning in this respect is. Artistic practice, growing old and lifelong learning are interwoven lines of development that form one pattern of personality. The ‘self’ constantly makes its steps that give direction to personal progress. Every step is the next one…the life course of the artists, their ageing and development form a constant source of inspiration for many others.
|Translated title of the contribution||Every step is the next one: Narrative-biographical research into lifelong and lifewide learning in the advanced professional practice of artists|
|Qualification||Doctor of Philosophy|
|Place of Publication||[Groningen]|
|Publication status||Published - 2017|