With the number of Australians aged 65 and over projected to more than double by 2057, the way we design and support community spaces and services that promote inclusion and accessibility has never been more important.
Thanks to a Melbourne Design Week 2022 narrative portrait exhibition by Monash University’s Rehabilitation, Ageing and Independent Living (RAIL) Research Centre and the National Centre for Healthy Ageing (NCHA), ways to design for ‘civic good’ are being championed to empower people to ‘design the world they want’.
Curated by Monash University School of Nursing and Midwifery Associate Professor Gabrielle Brand, with photography portraits by Fred Kroh, the exhibition looks to objects, buildings, designs and services that make people feel part of a community across the lifespan, provoking conversations and engagement of a broad audience about ways we can together collaborate to create a better and healthier future for all’.
RAIL Director, Professor Keith Hill said the narrative portrait exhibition will also bring together the general public with leading experts related to design and healthy ageing.
“By bringing together the perspectives of a range of experts, we can consider and celebrate the diverse ways design can work towards this better future for our ageing communities,” he said.
NCHA Director Srikanth said the exhibition aligns community conversations and showcases diverse communities, design and creativity for civic good.
“The exhibition values the unique and collective cultures of diverse communities and supports their existence in physical spaces, public policies and investment, and in civic life,” he said.
Narrative Portrait Exhibition 17 – 25 March
The Narrative Portrait Exhibition is part of Melbourne Design Week 2022, an initiative of the Victorian Government in collaboration with the NGV.
The exhibition will be open for general public viewing from 17-25 March 2022 at Monash University Peninsula Campus, Building A (Level 1 & Level 2) between 9 am – 5 pm, Monday-Friday (closed weekend).
Seniors’ Exercise Parks are located in community playgrounds, offering healthy ageing and Intergenerational activity and Joy Green leads the ‘Active Living’ exercise group at Frankston.
Physiotherapist Natasha Brusco has research, practice and personal experience of service design across the ages.