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Age Proud – Home Alone Exhibition Launch

An older woman sits in her living room, alone.  She speaks to us about her day-to-day experience, an experience that a growing number of older people in our communities face.  Her living room is in The Grainger Market in Newcastle and what is normally hidden from view is open to public attention.

For eight months Sharon Bailey visited 15 older people who live by themselves, stuck in their homes for long periods of time. Travelling across Newcastle, Gateshead and East Durham she photographed and recorded conversations with them, spending hours talking and listening.

‘Home Alone’ brings these untold stories and images out of the houses and into busy public spaces.  The stories are important and they need to be told.  We all need to listen.  Our Social Care system is in crisis and things have to change.

The Home Alone exhibition/set will be located in the foyer of the Catalyst building at Newcastle Helix, Newcastle University.

There will be a performance at 5.30 pm.  A short Covid film will be shown in the theatre at 6.00 pm followed by Q+A session between Tom Scharf and Sharon Bailey.

The launch will end with a presentation from Nic Palmarini about technological and other innovations to address some of the issues raised by the film.

People will also be given the opportunity to watch a film of the monologue on line and then join in the streamed Q+A.

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