We worked with four different groups of pensioners in Thurso, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dundee. The Dundee group was part of the city’s Chinese community. Guided by contemporary photographers and artists Rosie Gibson, Craig MacLean, Fin Macrae and Nicky Bird, the four groups produced photographic artworks for exhibition.
The participants began by analysing existing portrayals of older people from the National Galleries of Scotland’s Collection. They then created new images, addressing issues affecting their lives.
Their images explored the following themes: active lives, poverty, housing, public space and isolation. They made visible the hopes and concerns of this often neglected social group.
The resulting exhibition of work has been shown to acclaim at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, the Scottish Parliament, Glasgow Caledonian University, St Fergus Gallery in Wick and North Highland College of Further Education, Thurso, Caithness.