Older people are increasingly treated as second-class citizens. Instead of celebrating them, we shun them and push them to the margins. This exhibition of photographs, mostly by Bristol residents, puts them right back at the heart of things!
We Are Here has Visibility as its theme. Our older generations, whether in Residential or Nursing Homes or living alone, are often treated as invisible. Shut away from the mainstream of life, they are out of sight, out of mind. But they exist – and we need them! We need their experience and the living link they offer us to chapters of the human story that lead up to our own.
Contributors to We Are Here are all service users or residents of Nursing Homes in Bristol or Chatham, Kent. Over the past year they have chosen themes with associated activities which express the philosophy behind the project. They have then photographed what they feel to be the essence of their chosen themes. The exhibition is not about the aesthetics of photography; instead the images are filled with a very direct wit, energy and zest for life.
We Are Here runs from 20th September to 27th November at the Pierian Centre, 27 Portland Square, St Pauls, Bristol BS2 8SA. It’s free, and it’s open 10am–6pm, Tuesday–Friday and some weekends. The photographs demonstrate how the services involved with older people create an environment which enables and empowers them to make choices for themselves. Donations to the Alzheimer’s Society will be gratefully received. Contact the Pierian Centre on 0117 924 4512 or firstname.lastname@example.org. www.pieriancentre.com
The Launch of the exhibition is at 6.30pm on Friday 23rd September. It will be attended by actress Sarah Thomas, who played Dame Thora Hird's daughter, Glenda, in the long running series Last of the Summer Wine. The programme's essence was the eternal youthfulness of older people – and Sarah retains a strong interest in issues of aging and dementia.