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.
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
1 August 2017 – 30 Nov 2017
Outback Arts Inc
Outback Arts Gallery
16 October 2017 – 30 Nov 2017
Parkes Shire Council
1 December 2017 – 21 Dec 2017
1 February 2018 – 1 March 2018
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:
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you:
Other ways to be involved:
Take a survey of the exhibition: www.surveymonkey.com/r/artofageing
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.
For more information about this program, please contact:
(02) 87538849 or Ageing@facs.nsw.gov.au