The Visible Project

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The story so far ...

Visible 60 Women at 60 is a collection of portraits and stories that gently pulls back the curtain and allows a glimpse into the personal experience of being a woman in her 60s in today’s world. The project is evolving. First there were the portraits that became the book 'Visible 60 Women at 60', then the  exhibition and the stage show. And the collection is continuing to grow.

2011-2014 - The Beginnings

As I headed towards my 60th birthday in February 2012, I began to sense this milestone was different.  I saw it as a period of transition, more certain in some ways but less certain in others. I wondered what other women my age were experiencing. I decided to explore these questions by talking to and photographing 60 women who are 60. The first portrait was taken in March 2012 and the last in this first series was taken in June 2013.

2014 - The Book

The book, published by Phantom House Books, was released to high acclaim by the New York based website SeniorPlanet and reviewers Dr Cathy Dunsford and photographer and writer Tony Bridge. 

The Exhibition - 5-29 March 2015 - Pataka Art + Museum, Porirua Wellington

The collection was exhibited for the first time in March 2015.  A special feature of the gallery space was a conversation area where visitors could relax and talk and the ‘response wall’ inviting them to respond to the images in their own words.

20 March 2015 – Stepping Out at 60 - The Stage Show

Supported by the Pataka Education Programme and in conjunction with the exhibition, we staged 'Stepping Out @ 60’.  Ten of the women dressed as they were in their photograph, brought the images to life by stepping out onto the stage and telling their stories to a live audience. 

The Exhibition - 19 Aug-6 Nov 2016 - Te Manawa Palmerston North 

1 Oct 2016 – Stepping Out at 60 - The Stage Show

Next steps  … touring the show and building the body of work

The exhibition and the Stepping Out @ 60 stage show are now touring New Zealand as a package, adding depth and meaning to the photographs and fostering public engagement and discussion about women and aging in today’s world. Meanwhile, when she can Jenny is travelling around New Zealand meeting and photographing more women who are 60 and transitioning in old age.  This will extend the breadth and depth of the collection and provide local content as the show tours to different parts of the country.   

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