The Art of Ageing Exhibition

What is the Art of Ageing exhibition?

Our community is changing. We are getting older. We are living longer than ever before. By 2031, one in three people in NSW will be aged 50 or over.

But older people aren’t all the same. Like the rest of the community, they live diverse lives. How they experience ageing, and how they want to age is unique.

As part of the renewal of the NSW Ageing Strategy, we have been documenting the lives of older people. The photos and stories below make up the Art of Ageing exhibition.

They aim to demonstrate the diverse lives of older people in NSW. They celebrate the value, experience and contribution older people bring, and challenge out-dated perceptions of ageing.

Please take a moment to enjoy their stories.

The Art of Ageing Exhibition – NSW Tour

Building on from the success of the launch, the exhibition is touring across NSW. In February 2017 FACS advertised an expression of interest and developed partnerships with a range of organisations who applied to hold the exhibition. FACS is proud to present the timetable of the NSW Tour below:





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 - regional tour

The first Art of Ageing exhibition was officially launched at Town Hall in October 2016 by the Hon John Ajaka Minister for Ageing. The feedback received from the attendees confirms that the exhibition challenges negative perceptions of ageing and older people, while inspiring a positive vision of ageing.

Building on from the success of the launch, we are looking for partners to tour the exhibition in regional NSW throughout 2017 – 18.

To express interest in holding the exhibition:

The Art of Ageing Exhibition – Photos and 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 Exhibition

In the context of an ageing population, the prevalence of ageism is a major challenge that is faced by NSW.  Ageism is negative stereotyping, prejudice, or discrimination against people based on their age. It can affect anybody, but it is more likely to affect older adults. Ageism takes form within individuals’ attitudes, institutional and policy practices, as well as media representation that devalue and exclude older persons.

During the consultations in the renewal process of the NSW Ageing Strategy, older people expressed concerns that younger people do not value or respect them. And this is consistent with research by the Australian Human Rights Commission, which found a high prevalence of negative attitudes and stereotyping of older Australians. The report links this prevalence with the high rates of age discrimination older people experience.

The NSW Government is committed to address ageism under the NSW Ageing Strategy by supporting initiatives that improve respect for and social inclusion of older people – particularly those that ‘consult with older people to better meet their needs, 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.’ (Ageing Strategy)

The Art of Ageing Exhibition is part of the Years Ahead program under the NSW Ageing Strategy 2016 – 2020 Year One Implementation Plan which commits to showcasing the diverse life stories of older people in NSW to change negative perceptions of ageing and of older people

The feedback received from the attendees so far is showing that the exhibition challenges negative perceptions of ageing and older people, while inspiring a positive vision of ageing. As of 24 April 2017, the exhibition has been viewed by approximately 41,000 people in NSW.

How can I be involved?

Ageism has a multitude of negative impacts that affect our community, so responding to this challenge is everyone’s business. Under the Ageing Strategy, the government works in partnership with the community and private sector (for-profit and not-for-profit) to deliver meaningful change. There are a number of ways you can be involved in the Years Ahead program.

Send an email to if you:

  • or someone you know would like to be a case study (photograph taken with story)
  • would like to be a photographer/videographer in this project
  • would like to hold The Art of Ageing Exhibition

Other ways to be involved:

Post on social media: take a photo and tag us on social media @artofageing #yearsahead #artofageing Senior’s Card Facebook

Take a survey of the exhibition:

Take an Ageing Attitudes Quiz: check your attitudes against these commonly held views of ageing and older persons and find out how much you know about ageing and older people.

Who do I contact?

For more information about this program, please contact:

(02) 87538849 or