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The Centenarian Portrait Project

It's amazing that two different generations can come together and create such an amazing piece as well as learn so much from each other.

16-year-old Artist Skylah James (SA)


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 2022 80 centenarians and 80 teenagers participated in this program, across Adelaide and regional South Australia. The project culminated in an exhibition, presenting 80 portraits of 100-year-olds, which opened on June 25th. 



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My biggest takeaway from this, is that ageing is an opportunity for new experiences. It is a fact of life that should be embraced, not ignored.

17-year-old Artist Amelia Nearmy  (SA)


"Such a wonderful, joyous project. These centenarians are wealths of knowledge and amazing stories and this project is a beautiful way of acknowledging that. You can tell the artists truly made connections through what you see in their artwork!"

D. Podgorski Gallery Goer (SA) 

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I’m just thrilled that I could be a part of it. This project allows you to meet people that you otherwise would never get to know.

16-year-old Artist Tilda Byleveld (SA)

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The secret to a long life is to love yourself and love who you are.

Advice from 103-year-old Audry Elliot (SA)

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