How often do we open up a magazine and feel that the images we see on the glossy pages don’t represent our lives? For older women who don’t want to buy into the anti-ageing industry, this absence of recognisable imagery is even more stark. A New Dynamics of Ageing project called Look at Me! Images of Women & Ageing has taken a new approach to finding out how older women feel about their underrepresentation in our media obsessed society. This involved researchers enlisting the creative interest and talents of older women by asking them to make images of their own which represent the diversity of their experiences.This is not a cosy exhibition of images for the mantelpiece, but instead a very honest, sometimes challenging, sometimes humorous display of images showing women exploring their feelings about being or becoming ‘older women’.
The exhibition is the climax of a two year collaborative project involving a team of researchers at the University of Sheffield, The University of Derby, and Eventus, a Sheffield-based community arts organisation. The project is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council as part of the New Dynamics of Ageing Programme.
15 Paternoster Row, Sheffield
Wednesday 9th – Wednesday 23rd March 2011
9am – 5pm (excluding weekends)
The Moor & Sunwin House Shop Windows
The Moor and Furnival Gate, Sheffield
Saturday 26th March – Thursday 7th April 2011
Jessop West Exhibition Space
Leavygreave Road, Sheffield
Monday 11th – Friday 15th April 2011
10am – 6pm
All exhibitions are free to enter and wheelchair accessible.
For more information on the exhibition please go to the Look At Me! website here.
Further project details can also be found here.