The latest community artwork in Avondale has a story of the generations behind it. The artwork (mural) on the main walls of the Age Concern Auckland office building on Rosebank Road, is the final stage of an 18-month intergenerational community art project coordinated by West Auckland artist Ekarasa Doblanovic in partnership with Age Concern Auckland.
The artwork is comprised of over 200 individual clay tiles that were handmade and painted by Avondale Intermediate students and Cosmopolitan and Rosedale retirement village residents during ten workshops in mid-2019.
The participants learned how to make their own hand made paints from earth pigments, local clays and soils from the Whau area connecting the participants to their local environment.
The project was designed as a meaningful way to bring together young and old members of the community using the medium of art. Ekarasa Doblanovic outlines, “The idea behind the project was to draw out the diversity, experience, perspective and ways of life of people of different ages... Art serves as an ideal platform to explore stereotypes, taboos and the politics of age...”
Age Concern Auckland CEO Kevin Lamb says, “Twenty percent of older people experience loneliness and isolation. Many also have no interaction with younger people, and young people frequently don’t notice older people. Through the workshops, the older people involved could talk to the students while creating the tiles, sharing their stories and wealth of experience, giving the younger people an opportunity see the senior as a person, with a whole history behind them.”
The project was funded by the Whau Local Board and supported by Whau the People Charitable Trust.