Exhibition logo for the Centenarian Portrait Project

Art for the ages: centenarians sit for teenage portrait artists

Since 2017, an initiative created to deepen intergenerational connections, The Centenarian Portrait Project by Teenagers (TCPPBT), has connected 454 100-year-olds with 454 teenage artists from all walks of life across Australia. Age Discrimination Commissioner, Dr Kay Patterson AO, has described it as “the largest intergenerational project Australia has seen to date”.

Last updated: 12 May 2023

The age-positive, five-year program culminates in a National Finale exhibition in Canberra which showcases 100 selected portraits. The programme and exhibition have been developed and run by Embraced, an organisation which creates community-inclusive projects that use art as a vehicle for positive social change.

Embraced says that for most artists it was an opportunity to meet a centenarian for the first time, and for centenarians it was a chance to share history. For both generations it was a memorable experience exchanging perspectives.

“We need to remember that the older generations have a voice, have lived full and joyous lives with wonderful experiences and we need to honour them in their golden years.”

A total of 908 participants have taken part across VIC, NSW, TAS, QLD, SA, WA, ACT and the NT.

Read more for Official Opening date and RSVP.