I’m so grateful to the indefatigable efforts of Karen Lloyd, Active Ageing Bristol’s superbly creative and tireless manager, that have enabled us to take my No Limits exhibition to a second wonderful outdoor venue in Bristol this April. It’s a team effort, she will insist, but trust me she has pitched in with me way beyond her 50%. It’s now moving to Castle Park, which is another lovely city centre green space, opening on April 1st and running through the month till the 28th. As before, there will be twelve large outdoor stands showcasing a mix of my photographs of international elite masters athletes and people involved in local grass roots activities for older adults.
It’s the same message too, namely that there are No Limits to the age when you can start a new activity, No Limits to the physical, mental and health benefits active living as a result can deliver and certainly No Limits to the fun to be had while you’re doing it.
One of our kind sponsors, the solicitors Clarke Willmott, whose gorgeous (and swanky!) offices are on the waterside overlooking Castle Park, were going to put on a launch for us on April 1st. But concerns about the effects of the Coronavirus have taken over. They’ve had to cut down on non-essential activity for the time being, so the glitzy launch is off. Nonetheless, the exhibition is going ahead and I’m very excited to see the images in their new setting.
Our purpose remains as it was before: there’s a massive footfall through Castle Park so we’re hoping that people who might not have gone to a gallery, especially to see pictures of ‘older’ folk, will be caught unawares, as it were, on their way from A to B. The images should surprise them and hopefully make them smile, just as they did to those passing through College Green last August. And if they could be more physically active themselves, we hope they might be inspired to get out and join a class or a club or indeed start running. WE timed to coincide with the optimism that spring brings together with the opportunities that longer daylight hours open up for us. Do come if you can and let’s see how it all works out!