100 is an art exhibition profiling Melbourne’s centenarians through portraits created by skilled young artists. The project is about bringing generations together outside the typical family unit, celebrating elders from the community and creating a fun platform for inter-generational exchange.
Each centenarian is partnered with a teenage artist from the local area. Over several visits, the centenarian and teenage artist share time together, drinking tea and getting to know each other. Sketches and reference photos are created and a portrait is made. This delightful process offers hope, joy and inspiration. 100 has engaged 200 participants from 70 Melbourne suburbs, 63 secondary schools and 87 nursing homes.
For the teenage artists, it is an opportunity to meet a centenarian often for the first time and create a portrait. For the centenarians, it is a chance to share history. For both generations, it offers a memorable experience exchanging perspectives.
The exhibition will run from 4- 17 October 10am – 5pm, and will be launched on Sunday 8 October at 3.30pm at The Stables @ The Meat Market in Melbourne.
All portraits will be gifted to the centenarians and their families at the close of the exhibition.
by Rachel Waud, Head of Visual Arts & Design