17–27 September 2020

Age of Love, Sheffield artist Pete McKee

The Age of Love – talk

In the media

Article: Stigma around older people’s intimate and sexual relationships is harming health and wellbeing

September 2018 event

Join Sharron Hinchliff and Pete McKee for a talk about their exciting project The Age of Love. The Age of Love is an exhibition that depicts the intimate and sexual relationships of older adults, and directly challenges ageism.

There will be a chance to ask questions. We invite you all to join the conversation about the sexual rights of older adults.

About The Age of Love

The Age of Love is a collaboration between Dr Sharron Hinchliff, a reader in psychology and health at the University of Sheffield, and Pete McKee, an artist from Sheffield known for his distinctive style and celebration of Yorkshire life.

The aim of the project is to present a visualisation that makes us think about the intimate and sexual relationships of older adults.

The population of people aged 60 and older in Sheffield is approximately 120,000. That’s enough to fill the Sheffield Wednesday FC Stadium three times over. We know that many older adults enjoy sex and intimacy, that they are important to quality of life, but that they experience barriers to talking about this with partners, friends, and health professionals. The topic is sensitive, and almost always private.

Relationships are central to human life, and one of the most important we have is that with our intimate other. But stereotypes about ageing can interfere with sexual expression and enjoyment, even preventing older adults from receiving appropriate help for a sexual concern.

Sharron has carried out research into this area since 2001, and Pete has long created art that depicts close, interpersonal relationships. Together they plan to make the invisible visible, and get Sheffield talking.