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.
Following the culmination of a life-affirming inter-generational process, an art exhibition profiles centenarians through portraits created by skilled young artists largely from local secondary schools. For most of our artists it is an opportunity to meet a centenarian for the first time; for our centenarians a chance to share history and for both generations a memorable experience exchanging perspectives.
Via a centenarian and artist call out, our pairs are matched geographically. Following this a guided initial introduction takes place lead by our staff. From this point the artists visit their partnered centenarian multiple times. During these visits sketches are created, photos shot and a portrait approach established amongst conversation that is always memorable. Following these get-to-know-you sessions the artists return to their studios to complete their portraits. In addition artists write a text to accompany their work including biographical facts about their subject, interesting stories and approaches to life at 100 and beyond.
Post exhibition, the portraits are gifted to the centenarians and their families in person by their respective teenage artist.
Tasks • Assist with group briefing sessions • Liaise with 10 pairs and coordinate meeting times, portrait collection / drop off • Introduce 10 pairs personally, attend gifting sessions • Assist with the opening event, artist Q & A talks • Rostered manning the gallery during the exhibition
• Excellent oral & written communication skills.
• Ability to empathise, counsel & sensitively respond to personal stories.
• Passion for professional community arts and social justice projects • Experience working with teenagers and seniors citizens
• Sense of humor • Valid TAS WWCC or willingness to organise one • Valid Police Check or willingness to organise one Desirable • Interest / Experience in Photography • Interest in Art Therapy