Unique photography exhibition challenges ageist stereotypes in Knox community

An exhibition of short film and photography will come to Knox Community Arts Centre on November 21, highlighting the contribution and skills of Knox residents over 55 years of age.

The one-day Voices of Over 55s exhibition seeks to challenge ageist stereotypes and promote a culture of valuing older Australians, by showcasing unique stories of contribution, community dedication and personal strength in the local community.

People aged 65 and over contribute a staggering $39.5 billion each year in unpaid and voluntary work, according to a report released by the Human Rights Commission. Despite this, many older Australians say they have experienced discrimination because of their age.

Voices of Over 55s, developed by the Knox Bright Ideas Network, was designed to recognise the wealth of wisdom, energy and experience older Australians have to offer.

The residents featured in the exhibition appear in a series of photographic portraits and a short film in which they discuss their approaches to life, family, community, activity and volunteering, and share some of the lessons they’ve learned throughout their lives.

Many of these community members are actively involved in local organisations across the arts, environment, social justice and sport and recreation, and highlight the importance of this participation in strengthening quality of life.

Knox City Council Mayor, Cr Nicole Seymour said this exhibition was a valuable opportunity to reflect on the contribution of all Knox residents and the importance of fostering a sense of belonging for all ages.

“Our older residents in Knox play an invaluable role in building and strengthening our community, through their active participation in local organisations and their valuable contributions to all aspects of the city,” said Cr Seymour.

“It is important we take the opportunity to recognise this contribution and highlight how this diversity of age and experience truly enriches our community for the benefit of all.”

The exhibition will include the inspiration and moving stories of 24 Knox residents over the age of 55. Tickets are free and bookings are essential, more information available on Council’s website at knox.vic.gov.au/kcac

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