Old Stock New Stock: Changing perceptions of elders in stock photography

A project is confronting misconceptions of older people and ageing head-on with a series of artworks that can be spotted around Greater Manchester – forget all those tired photos of wrinklies looking frail buying stairlifts and funeral plans.

Art with Heart has launched their second iteration of Old Stock New Stock, a series of ambitious artworks challenging perceptions of elders in stock photography.

Working with elders from throughout Greater Manchester, these portraits represent the hobbies, passions and ambitions of an older generation.

The exhibition can be accessed online through the Art with Heart website, showcasing the portraits and their audio descriptions – or viewed at community spaces throughout Greater Manchester until the end of October, including East Oldham Methodist Church, Eccles Library, Radcliffe Library, Eccles Train Station, Cadishead Community Band Hall, Gallery Oldham.

Rachel Moorhouse, Artistic Director of Art with Heart said: “We’ve really enjoyed the opportunity to work with our participants over this period to bring them to the forefront of public spaces and to help them express the things they’re passionate about.”

From engineering experts to daring DJs and poignant poets, meet the eight collaborators.


Glyn’s photograph represents the many changing emotions that he says he felt during the lockdown, dubbed ‘the man with a thousand faces‘.

Find his photograph: Cadishead Public Band Community Hall – Locklands Lane, Irlam, Manchester M44 6RB


Wordsmith and Worldweaver: Poet Pauline has lived all over Europe, spending many years in the Netherlands before returning to Manchester where she volunteers with an array of community groups and projects, sharing her words and wisdom wherever she goes.

Find her photograph: Radcliffe Library – Stand Lane, Radcliffe, Manchester M26 1JA


Planting seeds of hope and change is what Lesley’s good at, attending protests for many years and still owning signs from the 80s. Passionate and powerful, Lesley wants to change the world for the better, and always shares her knowledge in a down to earth and accessible way – planting politics into every day chat. Lesley’s also passionate about canvassing and volunteering. She knows who she is, what she wants, and how she wants the world to be: a fairer place for everyone.

Find her photograph: Radcliffe Library, Stand Lane, Radcliffe, Manchester M26 1JA

Barry and Brenda

Couple Barry and Brenda are the first married pair in the project! Barry is a ‘rapscallion’ of rugby whilst Brenda is always ‘brandishing her brushes’!

Find their photograph: Oldham Methodist Church – 28 Ripponden Rd, Oldham OL4 2RY


Inspired by her illustrious career as an engineer, while also honouring her religion and path to becoming a teacher, Jagruti’s ‘Engineering Expert‘ portrait represents a side of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) that’s rarely seen.

Find her photograph: Gallery Oldham – 35 Greaves Street, Oldham, OL1 1AL

Janet and Cindy

Charity shop hot-shots‘ Janet and Cindy are always on the lookout for a thrifty deal and are bursting with fun and fashion.

Find their photograph: Eccles Train Station – Eccles, Manchester, M30 0DL


Adventurous Announcer‘ John loves all things music and broadcast – with over thirty years of experience on his side!

Find his photograph: Eccles Library – 142 Church Street, Eccles, Manchester, M30 0LS

Photos were taken by Joe Smith, project produced by Megan Holland and sessions facilitated by Chelsea Morgan. Find out more about the project and learn more about those photographed here.



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