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EXHIBITION | Reclaiming the self: How older people perceive and experience their ageing



Start Date

5th Sep 2016

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Curated by Dr Peta Cook, University of Tasmania

As of 30 June 2012, fourteen percent of the Australian population was over the age of 65 (3.2 million people). Despite these demographic changes, older age continues to be compared with youthfulness and, as a result, is often portrayed as a time of loss involving social isolation, withdrawal, and a body in decline with malfunctioning or deficit physical, mental and emotional resources. This negativity towards ageing may contribute to, or could be at odds with, how older people perceive and experience their own ageing process.

This exhibition engages with what ageing means to older people, and how they feel about this process. It features photographs and interview extracts from older people (65 years and over) living independently in the Greater Launceston community. The exhibition and associated research directly confronts the social myths that ageing equates to dependency and institutionalisation by showcasing the beauty, sadness, joy and uncertainty that ageing can present, thus providing crucial insight into the wants and needs of older people. Attendees can also interact with this exhibition, and are invited to make their own contribution.

This research was funded by the Institute for the Study of Social Change, and a Research Engagement Grant (University of Tasmania).

5 September 2016 to 30 October 2016

Academy Gallery
Tasmanian College of the Arts
Academy of the Arts, Inveresk, Launceston

Monday - Friday 9am to 5pm
Free Admission