Centenarian Arts Project
Portrait of a Centenarian
Abira was selected as a teen artist from NSW to celebrate Centenarian’s in our community by painting a portrait for a community member who turned 100 years of age.
This celebration of Sydney’s oldest residents brings the young and the old together over a period of several weeks to become acquainted and allowing for the teen artist to tell their Centenarian’s story through their artwork. The portrait is then gifted to the Centenarian’s family.
Abira became acquainted with a 100 year old local lady who spoke only Cantonese. Their conversation was through a translator, and touch and facial expressions. Abira learned a lot about Kim Nga’s life and gifted her a handmade origanmi flower on their first meeting.
Kim Nga’s favourite colour is red, and she loves vibrant colours. She said she came to Australia on Australia Day, and enjoyed a fun life of outings and friends and family. Kim Nga enjoys the game of Mahjong and worked as a potter, creating many fine pots with her hands. Abira met her daughter who spoke some English and was able to fill in the gaps on Kim Nga’s life history, weaving a tenderness between Abira and Kim Nga.
This is an inter-generational Arts initiative by ‘Embraced inc.’ The program’s major sponsor is Estia Health and the NSW Government also supports this project.