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The Centenarian Portrait Project

Learning from Brian's experiences and what he's told me in his stories is to really appreciate life and what it gives you.

Mack Brown 16-year-old Artist (TAS)


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 14 centenarians and 14 teenage artists from across Tasmania participated in this program. On 2nd July, an exhibition presenting 14 portraits of 100-year-olds by local teenage artists was opened. 



TCPPBT Making Of (TAS)

This is a project that isn't competitive; it's a chance to really bond with someone in the community

Mack Brown 16-year-old (TAS)


"A most heartwarming exhibition - all so beautiful.  Special people, skilfully captured with character and personality shinning through each portrait. So pleased, I didn't miss this!

Brendan, Gallery Goer (TAS) 


Use your common sense and have a healthy life. Do a little bit of exercise and if you live in a house with stairs, you live 17.5% longer.

Advice from Brian Winspear 102-year-old (TAS)

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The Centenarian Project has been a wonderful experience and has increased my respect for the elderly, the lives they have lived and the people they have impacted.

Elizabeth Scott 18-year-old Artist (TAS)

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