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The Centenarian Portrait Project by Teenagers

Artwork by Lily Nethery
It is with great delight that we announce our Finale Exhibition; the culmination of our multi-year, national portrait program. 
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Intergenerational initiative The Centenarian Portrait Project by Teenagers has connected 465 hundred-year-olds with 465 teenage artists from all walks of life across all corners of Australia. 

Please join us in celebrating 100 of these relationships through portraits created and insights shared. 


Discover important stories and be inspired to deepen your own intergenerational connections.  

Exhibition Dates:
19 May to 2 July 2023
Tuesday - Sunday (10am – 4pm)

Saturday 20th May, 2pm

(RSVP's essential via:

Virtual Exhibition:

118 Emu Bank Belconnen 

ACT 2617     

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´A natural fit; the generous spirit of the old, embracing the enthusiasm of the young. Expressive and insightful.´

M. Rouley (Melbourne Gallery-Goer)
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The Centenarian Portrait Project by Teenagers
around Australia


The Centenarian Portrait Project by Teenagers (TCPPBT) is an uplifting initiative matching teenage artists with centenarians. From storytelling, reminiscing, joy and laughter comes unique portraits, a gift and friendships to treasure between the generations. 


Breaking down ageist stereotypes, TCPPBT creates a platform for inter-generational friendships and learning.

Each rendition of the program connects local teenage artists with centenarians, what follows is a life-affirming intergenerational process that culminates in an art exhibition presenting portraits of 100-year-olds by teenage artists.


TCPPBT bridges the generational divide by using portraiture to launch conversations; encourage story exchange and acceptance; create new friendships and connect people of different ages, backgrounds, identities and life stages.   For most artists it is an opportunity to meet a centenarian for the first time; for centenarians a chance to share history and for both generations a memorable experience exchanging perspectives.

This age-positive, five-year program will culminate in a National Finale in Canberra in 2023. A selection of portraits created will form a one-of-a-kind exhibition, marking the close of - what the Age Discrimination Commissioner, Dr Kay Patterson AO describes as the largest intergenerational project Australia has seen to date.    


A total of 908 participants (454 centenarians & 454 teenagers) have taken part across VIC, NSW, TAS, QLD, SA & WA. In 2023, 9 pairs from the ACT and 2  pairs from the NT are participating. Their works will form part of the National Finale Exhibition, representing their states and territories.   


The National Finale is a celebration of ageing in Australia that brings older people to the forefront. The exhibition  provides an opportunity to highlight diversity of experience of older people; shares important stories and prompts gallery goers to create and deepen intergenerational connections of their own.  

"An amazing experience. I'm inspired learning about the incredible stories of these people through the magic of art!"

Artwork by Charlotte Frencken

A beautiful exhibition that brings a tear to the eye, along with a giggle ! 

Artwork by Nikki Evans

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