15 Cigarettes

January 2022 —
January 2024
Making intergenerational connections
15 Cigarettes

15 Cigarettes is a project that responded to the increase of social isolation and loneliness experienced by seniors during the onset of the pandemic.


Beginning in 2022, 15 Cigarettes is founded on studies that show social isolation can be as harmful as smoking.

It supports local senior creatives, artists and arts workers to connect, build relationships and collaborate on creating artistic outcomes that are shaped by the conversations and ideas that unfold during the process.


15 Cigarettes video launch showcases works of collaboration by the seniors and artists. United by a love for art, they come together to create heartfelt films, exploring family archives and discussing experiences of migration.

Date: Sunday 21st January

Time: 11am-1pm

Location: RS1, 5 Olympic Parade, Bankstown NSW 2200

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Supported by City of Canterbury Bankstown Events Sponsorship Grants.

Creative team: Gillian Kayrooz, Aunty Badiha Ajami, Claudia Chidiac, Aunty Faride Makdessi, Yamane Fayed, Aunty Shams Issa, Aunty Rehab Graf and Eddie Abd.

Creative producer: Eddie Abd

Partners: Olivetree Women's Network and Community Minds




This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body, through project funding.

This project is supported by the Sydney Community Foundation.

This project is supported by Create NSW through multi-year funding.