Embraced Inc is a small not-for-profit arts organisation, that creates socially driven arts projects. Created at the start of 2017, Embraced has rolled out three large-scale intergenerational arts projects in Sydney, Melbourne and South Eastern QLD in the last three years. In 2019 /2020 we will be heading to Adelaide to do a fourth.
The Centenarian Portrait Project by Teenagersis 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 100 centenarians through portraits created by skilled young artists. 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 led by our team. 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 personally by their respective teenage artist.