Members of one of the homeless choirs in Rio singing at the municipal theatre
Members of one of the Rio homeless choirs sing at the Municipal Theatre in Rio.  ©

Lorena Mossa 

Supporting With One Voice to explore arts and homelessness worldwide 

Over the last five years, the cultural sector around the world has become more engaged in civic responsibility and how to fulfill their civic duty. Cultural spaces can provide a physical and often metaphorical welcome into society for those who often feel excluded, especially homeless people. They can provide practical facilities, a place to feel at home and a bridge into mainstream community. 

We are pleased to support With One Voice, the international arts and homelessness movement, to carry out:

  • A review of cultural spaces’ responses to homelessness. This research will explore what different approaches, practices and programmes exist, and encourage an exchange on how cultural spaces can be open spaces to welcome people who are experiencing homelessness. 
  • A literature review of arts and homelessness research and documentation, the world’s first critical analysis of the literature on this topic. This review will be a valuable resource to help the sector make the case more strongly about the impact of their work. 
  • An international arts and homelessness summit and festival in Manchester in November 2018. This summit will help to inform the development of a set of resources and a training package for cultural spaces involving homeless people themselves delivering training (expected April 2019). The above reviews will also be launched at the summit.

How can you get involved?

Two fully funded spaces are available to delegates from the following countries to attend the International Summit & Festival in Manchester, UK from 12-18 November 2018.

Americas: Argentina, Cuba, Jamaica, Mexico, Peru, Venezuela
East Asia: China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam
Wider Europe: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, FYR Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey, Ukraine, Uzbekistan

The event will bring together, for the first time, the global community of arts and creative projects working with people who are or have been homeless. As well as a week-long Festival, there will be a four-day Summit (15-18 Nov) at The Whitworth gallery which will include discussions, presentations, practice exchange workshops and policy panels with 250 delegates from across the globe.The places include return flights (arriving Manchester 14 Nov, departing 18 Nov), transfers, accommodation, all food and a Summit pass.

The delegate places would be suitable for anyone working in the arts/homelessness field, including artists, academics, policy-makers, homeless workers, practitioners, with priority given to people who are or have been homeless. With One Voice would consider an application for two people from the same group/organisation. Find out more about the Summit & Festival on the With One Voice website.

To apply please complete the form below and email by Monday 24th September. 

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