Kempsey celebrates the Art of Ageing

Media release - 22 October 2018

Macleay Valley residents are encouraged to challenge their views on older people by visiting the 2018 Art of Ageing Exhibition at Kempsey Shire Library this November.

A learner driver, gymnast and local South West Rocks ukulele player, Rita Lucas, are among the extraordinary older people who feature in the 2018 exhibition, which celebrates the lives of older people living in regional NSW.

The NSW Government commissioned the exhibition to highlight the incredible lives of seniors and promote inclusive communities for all generations.

Minister for Ageing Tanya Davies said the exhibition aims to challenge perceptions of ageing and demonstrate the diversity and experiences of older people across the state.

“Misconceptions about the lives of older people are prevalent in our communities, but the experience of ageing is unique. Many older people are artists, athletes, business owners, farmers and volunteers, and this exhibition challenges people's perceptions.”

The exhibition will travel to 21 locations to July 2019, and comprises the work of five photographers from Wagga Wagga, Taree, Molong, Mudgee, and Goulburn.

The 2018 Art of Ageing exhibition will be on display at Kempsey Shire Library from Wednesday 31 October until Friday 16 November. An official launch event will take place at the library on Thursday 1 November at 10:30am and feature special guest, local talent and Art of Ageing Exhibition subject, Rita Lucas.

The exhibition artworks, stories and photographer biographies can be viewed online at 

Rita Lucas playing ukeleleSouth West Rocks resident, musician and Art of Ageing Exhibition subject, Rita Lucas will be a special guest at the launch event at Kempsey Shire Library on Thursday 1 November