After a successful pilot of LivingArts in 2016, Spitalfields Music launches a pioneering, three-year programme working in Tower Hamlets care homes. Creative Encounters aimed to engage 180 older people, 100 staff and 60 volunteers in three care homes, with creative sessions, mentoring and consultation over a period of three years (2019–2021). Lead Artist Julian West and Researcher Hannah Zeilig led a multi-disciplinary team of artists to deliver creative sessions with residents, including those living with dementia, staff and local community members. The artists focused on making art spontaneously, led by care home residents and staff, in a way that encouraged new relationships to be forged.
Sarah Gee – a former trustee of Spitalfields Music between 2008 and 2014 – is appointed Chief Executive.