Last night ( Tuesday 25th September 2017) , local charity Impact Initiatives, supported by a grant from Brighton and Hove City Council, launched their eclectic mix of 96 events and celebrations in venues across the City to celebrate its older residents, with a photographic exhibition called REJUVENATION at Brighton Railway station, all part of this year’s Older People’s Festival.
“REJUVENATION – Seeing beyond 50 into the future” has been put together by award winning Brighton based photographer Maria Scard. Her photographic project celebrates being aged 50+ in the city of Brighton & Hove. It highlights how many older people serve, volunteer and contribute to their communities. In the portraits, the subject is placed in the background, or slightly obstructed, inviting the viewer to look beyond their assumptions and see the inspiring older people that make up our amazing and unique City. Over 70 portraits are being displayed along the Boardwalk – out towards the car park and Jury’s Inn, for the period of the two-week Festival.
Caroline Ridley from Impact Initiatives said “This is a very exciting and rewarding day for us, as we don’t often get to celebrate our older residents, which is something we should do more of. I really hope that people enjoy seeing these photographs and come to the station specially to view Maria Scard’s work. The people in the portraits are to be celebrated and recognised for all that they give back to the city.”
The event which was hosted at The Flying Coffee Bean and along the Boardwalk was something new for Brighton Railway Station. Govia Thameslink Railway’s Station Manager at Brighton, Anthony Dowsett, said: “We’re genuinely thrilled to be able to host the launch of such an important festival at Brighton station. We need to recognise the over-50s in our community, throughout the city and on our railway, and there’s no better place to do it than here.”
One of the station’s own staff – 55-year-old Elvis, who carries out security checks – features in the photographic exhibition. “We’re very proud of what we do here,” added Anthony, “and Elvis is an important member of our team.”
The Older People’s Festival runs from September 25th to October 8th in venues across Brighton and Hove. For more information go to www.opf.org.uk or call festival organisers Impact Initiatives on 01273 320 666