Exhibition celebrates the contribution of the Harbourside’s older volunteers

September 28 2018

‘Something for Nothing’ is a photography exhibition by Sarah Robbins, UWE Photography Student, celebrating older people in their active volunteer roles in and around Bristol Harbour.

Age UK Bristol and Boston Tea Party - Gloucester Road are collaborating during the month of October to present this photography exhibition to celebrate older people’s contribution to the city. 

There is a launch party on 1st of October at 4pm to mark the United Nations International Day for Older Persons. The exhibition includes images from volunteers from the Matthew, M Shed, Underfall Yard, MV Balmoral and SS Great Britain. 

Describing her work, Sarah Robbins says: “This project combined my interest in the culture of volunteering with a long-term fascination with the Bristol Harbourside area. Over the course of about four months at the beginning of the year, I was lucky enough to work with some of the volunteers of six harbourside organisations. I photographed some of the huge variety of work that they do, from explaining Bristol’s maritime heritage to visitors to driving and maintaining steam trains.

“Many of the volunteers that I photographed are retired or semi-retired and are using existing skills or learning new ones. I was really inspired by the sense of pride and community that the volunteers convey.”

Mark Baker, CEO of Age UK Bristol says: “We want to help raise the visibility of older people as contributing members of society. Older people play a valuable role in community life, often having the time to commit to the activities and causes that they love, giving hundreds of hours of their time.” 

The ‘Something for Nothing’ launch party is taking place on the 1st October at 4pm at Boston Tea Party, 293 Gloucester Rd, Bristol BS7 8PE. The launch party is open to the public and is a free event. The exhibition will remain at Boston Tea Party until the end of October. For more information, email Silvia Jimenez Cruz at silviajimenezcruz@ageukbristol.org.uk