The Centenarian Portrait Project by Teenagers 2018

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Photo: Alicia Fagan, 15, meeting with her centenarian 100-year-old Beechwood Aged Care, Revesby resident Thomas Gill.

“The Centenarian Portrait Project by Teenagers” is a venture for young Sydney artists who are matched up with centenarians to create a portrait exhibition. Three art students in Year 10 at GRG were chosen to take part in this project in 2018 – Alicia Fagan, Sarah Le Neveu and Gabriella Franjieh.

These three students have been matched with a centenarian in their local community who they have meet with, and subsequently are working on drawing or painting their portraits. The Centenarian Portrait Project by Teenagers is a professional community arts project that promotes inter-generational friendships, celebrates the elders in your city and fights the negative ageing stigma. This initiative was conceived and developed by Embraced, socially driven art projects and was successfully run in 2017 in Melbourne.

The portrait exhibition will be held from September 29 - October 12, with the official launch on Oct 1 (to coincide with the International Day of the Older Person). The exhibition venue is The Studio (Unit 2 /85 Dunning Avenue, Rosebery).