7th February, 2014 / 11.00am - 4.00pm
5th March, 2018
Narratives of Homelessness is a public engagement event at Tate Exchange involving the creation of robotics, 3D models and sculptures using recycled and decommissioned electrical components.
Participants will include former rough sleepers who are now living in supported accommodation, who will be sharing their experiences both through the exhibition itself and a specially created film. It is a collaboration between ART LABS at LJMU, Chester Aid to the Homeless (CATH) and Tate Liverpool.
History of art final year student Callum Craddock helped to develop the project with Dr Juliet Carroll of LJMU ART LABS through volunteering with CATH at their day centre in Chester to gain a better understanding of the issues surrounding homelessness.
Service users were encouraged to take part in art sessions, which focused on the theme of the cycle of the seasons to reflect changes in their own lives. The sessions provided a form of therapy enabling participants to express their feelings through painting. These completed pieces will be put on display as part of the exhibition at Tate Exchange with the artists also invited to the gallery for six days to work on new sculptures using discarded electronics in front of a public audience.
Visitors are invited to ask questions, start a conversation and participate in the exhibition, with the aim of breaking down barriers. Callum said:
“Members of the public, our own History of art students and invited visitors can sit down and create their own sculptures.
“The aim for the project is that the informal atmosphere will create a space to encourage conversations about homelessness and allow people to develop a greater understanding about the issues.
“We hope to challenge some of the stereotypes that surround homelessness and rough sleeping, particularly substance and alcohol abuse, and use art to raise awareness.”
Looking forward @JS_Diaspora opening a discussion with stimulus from award winning film #MyNameIs @mynameisdocu on 'Decolonising the self before we can decolonise HE & culture' @RADA_London via @InfoTCCE tomorrow as part of a broader event from 1pm to 3pm. Deets to follow in🧵 pic.twitter.com/6ozzJLHTrG