The Art of Ageing Exhibition

What is the Art of Ageing exhibition?

The Art of Ageing is an initiative under the NSW Ageing Strategy 2016-2020 to demonstrate the diversity of older people in NSW. The Art of Ageing is a photographic exhibition that celebrates the value, experience and contribution older people bring, and challenges out-dated perceptions of ageing.

The images from the first Art of Ageing exhibition are displayed below. The second exhibition will open in 2018 with a focus on older people in regional NSW.

The Art of Ageing– regional tours

The 2018 Art of Ageing exhibition will tour across NSW throughout 2018-2019. FACS will advertise an expression of interest for organisations who wish to host the exhibition in 2018-19. Links to the regional tour guidelines and the application form will be published on this page. To request a copy of the expression of interest, please email your contact details to

In 2017-18, the first Art of Ageing exhibition toured to the following locations:





Deloitte CBD Office Foyer

14 February - 24 April 2017

Health and Arts Research Centre

Blacktown Hospital Gallery 5

24 April 2017 – 2 June 2017

Port Macquarie Library

Port Macquarie Library

30 June 2017 – 31 July 2017

Hawkesbury City Council

Hawkesbury Regional Gallery

3 July 2017 – 28 August 2017

Lachlan Shire Council

Condobolin Library

1 August 2017 – 30 Nov 2017

Outback Arts Inc

Outback Arts Gallery

16 October 2017 – 30 Nov  2017

Parkes Shire Council

Parkes Library

1 December 2017 – 21 Dec 2017

Camden Council

Ferguson Gallery

1 February 2018 – 1 March 2018

The Art of Ageing Exhibition – Photos and Stories

The first Art of Ageing exhibition was officially launched at Town Hall in October 2016. Please take a moment to view the photos and read the stories.

Rosemary Yasmin Heidi, 67 Di Aunty Glenda Shane Mahboba Margaret nayef Merv Parker Christine Simply voices choir Ballroom dancers Andrew and Debbie

Purpose behind the Art of Ageing exhibitions

Addressing ageism is a priority of the NSW Ageing Strategy. Ageism is negative stereotyping, prejudice, or discrimination against people based on their age, and it is experienced by many older people in NSW. Ageism takes form within individuals’ attitudes, institutional and policy practices, as well as media representation that devalues and excludes older people.

During consultations undertaken for the NSW Ageing Strategy, older people expressed concerns that younger people do not value or respect them. This is consistent with research by the Australian Human Rights Commission, which found a high prevalence of negative attitudes and stereotyping of older people. The report linked these attitudes with the high rates of age discrimination older people experience.

The NSW Government is committed to addressing ageism by supporting initiatives that improve respect for and social inclusion of older people – particularly those that promote positive images of older people in the media, educate younger generations, provide opportunities for intergenerational connection and recognise older people’s contributions to their communities.

The feedback received from the attendees to the 2016 exhibition showed that it successfully challenged negative perceptions of ageing and older people, while inspiring a positive vision of ageing.

How can I be involved?

There are a number of ways you can be involved in the Art of Ageing. You can:

Who do I contact?

For more information about this exhibition, please contact:

(02) 8753 8222 or