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Our new exhibition gives the homeless a voice… and a lens

Written By Hayley Sleigh 10 Nov 2017

Stories of the Streets is a new and unique photography exhibition which shares images of homelessness from the perspective of those experiencing it first-hand. The exhibition will run for five weeks at the intu Broadmarsh Shopping Centre in Nottingham, with a launch event scheduled for 6pm on Friday 17 November 2017.

Our new exhibition gives the homeless a voice… and a lens

With Winter fast approaching, this is the most difficult time of year for those who are sleeping rough. The challenging perceptions that homeless people in our society face has led to a lack of trust, deterring many of us from donating money to the people of the streets. People without a home suffer not only from the cold, the rain, and the hunger but the shame of being homeless itself.

Stories of the Streets is a new and unique photography exhibition which shares images of homelessness from the perspective of those experiencing it first-hand. The exhibition will run for five weeks at the intu Broadmarsh Shopping Centre in Nottingham, with a launch event scheduled for 6pm on Friday 17 November 2017.

With the support of Emmanuel House in Hockley and Canaan Trust in Long Eaton, we provided volunteers from the homeless community with a personal disposable camera, giving them an opportunity for creative expression, enabling them to share their stories with others and to challenge negative perceptions.

The photographs and unique stories behind them will be on display, with framed prints available for you to purchase at the exhibition and online at https://peopleofthestreets.co.uk/. All proceeds will be split between the artists through a pay-it-forward scheme, such as secure accommodation or meals, and re-invested back into our social enterprise to support more people and exhibitions across the UK. We’re also planning to expand the exhibition into other cities, such as Brighton and Manchester.

We hope that the people of Nottingham will take advantage of this opportunity to open their minds, hearts and eyes to the challenges that homeless people in our city and across the UK face, and see the humanity behind the beauty of these images. As a society, we often speak about homeless people, but they seldom get a chance to speak. The exhibition aims to give an insight into the talents of the homeless community, through their eyes.

The exhibition will be open to the public from Saturday 18 November, with a launch event on Friday 17 November at 6pm. We look forward to seeing you there. Visit our Facebook event page.

Get in touch with us at hello@peopleofthestreets.co.uk

 

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