17–27 September 2020

Age of Love, Sheffield artist Pete McKee

The Age of Love – exhibition

In the media

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

September 2018 event

Sex isn’t just for the young. Social attitudes and the media have historically shown sex as something that declines with age but research tells us this isn’t always the case.

This exhibition by Pete McKee – an artist from Sheffield – and Dr Sharron Hinchliff – reader in psychology and health – shows images of older adult relationships, and love and intimacy.

We’re expecting a high volume of visitors to this exhibition. To avoid disappointment, you can book a time slot at the Art House. Just come along on the day or book a slot for the following day.

See also: The Age of Love – talk

About The Age of Love

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.