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CELEBRATE NT SENIORS
A portrait of Darwin resident and former art
gallery owner and curator Shirley Ann Collins
has won the 2014 Portrait of a Senior
Territorian Art Award.
Born to a mother from Borroloola, a
member of the Stolen Generation, and a
father from Scotland, Ms Collins was director
of the Arnhemland Aboriginal Art Gallery
and a strong advocate for the marketing of
Aboriginal arts and crafts in Australia and
abroad. She later established the Raintree
Aboriginal Art Gallery, which was considered
among Australia's most representative
galleries of Aboriginal art.
The prize-winning portrait by Dennis
Bezzant took home the Government House
Foundation Acquisition Award of $7,000.
NT Minister for Senior Territorians Peter
Styles says the art awards and exhibition
are a fantastic opportunity to acknowledge
the significant and valuable contribution
that senior Territorians have made to the
The competition received 25 entries with
subjects chosen from all over the Territory.
"Youth is the gift of nature, but age is a work of art."
-- Stanislaw Jerzy Lec, Polish poet
GLOBAL FILM AWARD
FOR AGED CARE DOCO
Finding the Why, a short film about
UnitingCare Ageing's specialised dementia
care service at Starrett Lodge on the NSW
Central Coast has picked up a gong at the
Reel Health International Short Film Festival,
which recognises the role of health in film.
The 16-minute documentary explores the
facility's person centred care philosophy and
commitment to enabling their residents to
live full, meaningful lives by concentrating on
their rights, capacities and personal agency.
The film tells the organisation's powerful
story through interviews with residents,
staff and experts such as renowned
American photographer and sociologist
Dr Cathy Greenblat.
Starrett Lodge care service manager
Colin McDonnell says while person centred
care is a familiar and frequently quoted term
in the industry, it is often poorly implemented
in reality. The film showcases some of the organisation's high quality care practices
that promote active participation and meaningful relationships with others and include
intergenerational programs and resident bucket lists.
The film, produced by Fire Films, has also been recognised as a useful industry
resource and is currently being used in universities, professional forums and care facilities
around the world to educate people on best practice care.
Watch the film at www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZN1CyEiFNM
The Reel Health Film Festival will be travelling around Australia over the next 12
months. For screening dates see: www.reelhealthfilm.com
By Linda Belardi
Ageing topics on stage,
screen and digital media
Arts & culture
Finding the Why explores meaning and
purpose in aged care.
UnitingCare Ageing Starrett Lodge residents
Marcia Bannister and Jessie Anderson.
CSU photography/graphic design student Joshua Thomas
facilitating the I Want to Share My Story workshop in Wagga Wagga.
EXCHANGING STORIES AND SKILLS
Charles Sturt University students are sharing digital photography skills
to help a group of older Australians tell their stories through new media.
The I Want to Share My Story program is being run in
conjunction with Wagga Wagga City Council and received funding
through the Creative Ageing Local Government Grants Scheme.
A team of photography and graphic design students facilitated
the workshops throughout November and December to teach seniors
technical and conceptual
ideas in photography.
Work during the
program will be exhibited
during Seniors Week
in March 2015, in print
and via Wagga Wagga
City Council's projection
screen on the side of the
Civic Centre building.
THE GENERATIONS COLLIDE
Roslyn Oades, Malthouse Theatre's 2013 female director in residence
conducted in-depth interviews with 80 people aged 18 and 80;
individuals celebrating the bookends of adult life. Their words verbatim
form the script to a unique theatre work titled Hello, Goodbye &
Happy Birthday, which premiered as part of the Melbourne Festival
in October. Wearing headphones, the actors speak aloud a sequence
of carefully edited audio interviews word-for-word as they are played to
them, in a further twist, age and gender are mismatched so that young
actors bring to life the stories of octogenarians and the words of 18-
year olds are performed by older actors.
Shirley Ann Collins in
front of her portrait by
Cast of Hello, Goodbye & Happy Birthday. Photo: Jeff Busby.
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