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The Centenarian Portrait Project

I have found this experience, participating in The Centenarian Portrait Project to be an extremely gratifying and memorable one. Not only do I feel it has helped me to grow as an artist, but it has also helped me to build a new friendship.  

Alannah Barnes 16-year-old Artist 


The Centenarian Portrait Project by Teenagers is an uplifting intergenerational initiative, matching local teenage artists with our most senior citizens. 


Each portrait tells the unique story of the centenarian, captured by the artist in their individual interpretation and artistic style. From reminiscing, joy and laughter, comes a collection of portraits that communicate the experiences, memories and life history of our most senior citizens.


This project aims to foster connections between the two generations, celebrating the rich histories and experiences of the centenarians while providing young artists with a unique opportunity to engage with and learn from their elders. The process involves the pairs meeting over a four month period, which allows them to capture the essence of their subjects in their artwork.

In 2023/24 8 centenarians and 8 teenagers participated in this initiative across the Wodonga region, which culminated in an exhibition presenting 8 portraits of 100-year-olds by teenage artists. 


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My interaction with Lois has been a profound journey, teaching me valuable communication skills with older generations and unveiling the richness of varied life experiences. 

Polly Davis 15-year-old (Albury)


“So enjoyed this exhibition. Reading each story was so interesting. Each one piece of art is totally unique. A real credit to the young artists involved.” 

L. Wilson Gallery Goer (Wodonga & Surrounds) 

To accept things as they come.

Advice from Eva Jean McManus 103-year-old (Albury)

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When reflecting on this portrait one might consider the resilience and strength that is often associated with reaching such an age, as well as the unique experiences Magda has faced over time.

Aurelia Altringer Teenage Artist (Albury)

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