Welcome to Sparks
A project in partnership with Age Better in Sheffield

Talking About Our Generation

Like most things in 2020 our SPARKS project, a campaign to open up the local arts and culture scene to those aged over 50, was subject to a series of cancellations as we stayed at home to protect each other. As the excitement of attending gigs, performances and festivals in real-life faded, the need to deliver these experiences to a whole generation of people across the city was needed more than ever.

SPARKS, an Ignite Imaginations project funded by Age Better Sheffield, is looking to support individuals, groups and communities across Sheffield to deliver creative and cultural activities.

Read on to learn more about SPARKS and how you can get involved. 




Laura has over 10 years experience in a variety of disciplines across arts, culture and communities—specialising in film, theatre and music. She believes strongly that everyone should have access to culture in the places that they live and is passionate about connecting people in shared, inspiring and memorable experiences that are as accessible and inclusive as possible.



Joe is a theatremaker and digital artist, living and working in Sheffield. He writes and directs for his family theatre company, Paperfinch, which creates interactive "adventure theatre" told with live music, puzzles and games.


He works as a creative facilitator, devising and running workshops and projects in a community context. He is a freelance producer, working with local artists and organisations to create new work. He is also a digital artist, recently creating online experiences for the University of Leeds, Migration Matters Festival and The Bare Project.

Joe has joined Ignite Imagination to create our SPARKS Festival (the name is a work in progress!) in spring 2021. 

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Free online screenings.

A day of specially programmed documentaries celebrating everyday underrepresented and underappreciated artists in collaboration with Future Programmers - a partnership between Sheffield Hallam University and Sheffield Doc/Fest.

Friday 16th April 2021, 3pm

Maud Lewis: A World Without Shadows

Director: Diane Beaudry

A portrait of acclaimed Canadian outsider artist Maud Lewis. We follow her life story and unusual rise to fame and discover the warmth and intimacy that has contributed to the therapeutic value of her art and the heights she achieved, mostly posthumously.

Country: Canada

Year: 1976

Duration: 10min

Friday 16th April 2021, 3pm
Innocence Unprotected
Director: Dušan Makavejev

Dragoljub Alexsic, a famous Serbian athlete and strongman also directed Serbia’s first sound film. The film never received acclaim or publicity due to the Nazi occupation of Belgrade. Featuring original footage and interviews, we see an unconventional artists’ struggle for recognition and filmmaking completely outside of conventional studio systems or convention.

Country: Yugoslavia

Year: 1968

Duration: 1h 15m

Friday 16th April 2021, 7pm
The 100 Years Show
Director: Alison Klayman


A cathartic and moving look into the life and history of Cuban American artist Carmen Herrera, who is one of the oldest artists who is still working today. After fighting her whole life for critics to take her radical and abstract body of work seriously, she finally achieves the recognition she deserves.
Country: United States
Year: 2015
Duration 30min

Friday 16th April 2021, 7pm
Gold Among The Banks
Director: Nikola Zecevik


Gold Along the Banks follows a group of Serbian street artists in Belgrade as they explore the art scene in the city. Journey to Belgrade and unearth the hidden society of its best-kept secret. See how students, musicians, photographers and graffiti artists capture what it means to be an artist on the streets of Belgrade.
Country: Serbia
Year: 2013 
Duration: 59min

Book your place by emailing enquiries@igniteimaginations.org.uk

This screening is brought to you by Sparks - an Age Better in Sheffield project by Ignite Imaginations that connects people aged 50 and over with art and culture in Sheffield.

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SPARKS: Talking About Our Generation

Talking About Our Generation is for anyone aged 50 and over who would like to get involved with art and culture in Sheffield, to meet people and discover new things. 

It will give you access to art and culture in Sheffield from screenings to performances, workshops with industry professionals, and other opportunities to learn more about how to make your own events.

We've teamed up with artists (visual artists, writers, filmmakers, musician, theatre-makers, composers and more) and people who make events to bring you the best of what’s happening in Sheffield from now until Spring 2021. 


'Talking About Our Generation' will culminate in an arts and culture festival programmed exclusively by those over 50. 


To find out more or to sign up please email sparks@igniteimaginations.org.uk, you can also sign up for updates on our mailing lists by clicking here.

Talking About Our Generation is a Sparks project, delivered by Ignite Imaginations in partnership with Age Better in Sheffield.