Images examine ageing process

SJT 'Harriet Walter
SJT 'Harriet Walter

HARRIET Walter has curated an exhibition of photos which will be on display at the Stephen Joseph Theatre this summer.

Facing It – Reflections on Images of Older Women will be exhibited from 7 July until 3 September.

For several years Harriet has been collecting images of older women whose faces and lives have inspired and moved her.

In this collection of portraits by a variety of remarkable photographers, Harriet reflects on the process of ageing in a society where older women are often rendered invisible.

She ponders on her own advancing years and takes courage from the boldness, wit and audacity of the women in the photos.

Harriet says: “Young girls and women are conditioned to aspire to look like other people. From an early age, we leaf through magazines measuring ourselves up against airbrushed images of a fairly narrow standard of female perfection. The habit of aspiration dies hard and as I hit my fifties I wanted some role models to help me move into the next stage of life.” 

The exhibition includes photos of famous women including Judi Dench, Maggie Smith and Emma Thompson. 

Harriet is one of the country’s finest actors and has enjoyed a distinguished career on stage and screen. She was made a dame in 2011 for services to drama. 

The SJT gallery is open from Monday to Saturday from noon until 6pm except during performances. Admission is free.