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Flesh after Fifty

Flesh after Fifty will explore and challenge negative stereotypes of aging while celebrating and promoting positive images of older women through art.

The way in which artists portray older women often reflects public attitudes. Images of older women have changed over the last century as fashion, community, politics and society have changed. Much of the time, images of older women are absent altogether. Some artists, however, are able to rise above fashion and convention to externalise personal desires and aspirations that challenge received perceptions and expectations.

Flesh after Fifty will bring to the fore images that need revisiting or have been overlooked, accompanied by curatorial discourse and community engagement in a series of forums, events and essays by key academics, artists and community leaders exploring the politics and social impact around the construction of images of older women, addressing this topic in the pursuit of a new visual dynamic and appreciation of the older female form.

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