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 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 email@example.com
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
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. Please take a moment to view the photos and read the stories.
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.
There are a number of ways you can be involved in the Art of Ageing. You can:
For more information about this exhibition, please contact:
(02) 8753 8222 or Ageing@facs.nsw.gov.au