The Art of Ageing

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  • Heidi, 67
    Louise Hawson Heidi, 67
    Colour photograph

About the 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, the department of Family and Community Services (FACS) have been documenting the lives of older people with assistance from artist Louise Hawson ( The photos and stories collected make up the Art of Ageing exhibition.

The Art of Ageing exhibition is a photographic display featuring older people in NSW as the subjects of art. Each photograph is accompanied by a story from the photographed participants highlighting their experiences and reflections on ageing. The photographs and stories celebrate the value, experience and contribution older people bring, and challenge out-dated perceptions of ageing.

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:

Artists and Curator


Louise Hawson

Available Dates and
Exhibition Details

Available dates
31/03/2017 - 31/12/2018
Exhibition size
Between 75-100 sq or running metres
Originating state
Contact to discuss
Web Site
Accompanying materials available
Interpretative/Didactic Panels, Labels, Public Program Opportunities, Signage
Primary contact
Jordan Saragih
NSW Government Department of Family and Community Services (FACS)
02 8753 8849
All photos by Louise Hawson