Art of Ageing Exhibition

Julie Slavin Story

A ground breaking photographic exhibition to be shown at NSW Parliament House in early 2018 will feature the work of Old Bar photographer Julie Slavin and images of people who live in the Mid Coast region.

Julie was one of only six regional photographers from NSW selected by Art Pharmacy Consulting for the Family and Community Services (FACS) initiative. The idea of the exhibition is to challenge the stereotypes many have about people who are aging and show the different ways older people are participating in, and contributing to, their community.

Over the course of a few months, Julie sourced and photographed 18 people, the majority from the Mid Coast and one from South West Rocks. They needed to fit one of three categories – 50-65, 65-80 and 80 plus – and show a variety of cultures and backgrounds.

She has submitted her photos along with a short story about each subject talking about their experiences and reflections on ageing. She said her subjects were very humble about what they have achieved.

The level of participation in activities and the engagement her subjects had with their community and others was something that stood out to Julie. Julie said it has been a great project for her.

“As the name implies, it's about highlighting the positive aspects of ageing. “The more I look the more I have found. We all have a story of how to get by.

For Julie, the opportunity to be involved in the project came through her connections with Manning Regional Art Gallery. “Jane Hosking, (assistant director) from the gallery alerted me to the call out for regional photographers at least seven months ago and because I am not really scouting for work I sent a mild expression of interest.”

Julie said sometime later she received a phone call to say she was selected and she got to work.

The exhibition will be shown in NSW Parliament House in March and then tour various regional galleries in NSW.

Story thanks to Rural Press