Chester Aid to the Homeless run ‘Narratives of Homelessness’ at Tate Liverpool
Chester Municipal Charities would like to congratulate Chester Aid to the Homeless for the success of their ‘Narratives of Homelessness’ – a public engagement at Tate Liverpool that involved the creation of robotics, 3D models and sculptures (in collaboration with ART LABS at Liverpool John Moores University).
Service users were encouraged to take part in art sessions, the theme of which was the cycle of the seasons to reflect changes in their own lives. The sessions provided a form of therapy which enabled participants to express their feelings through working with paints.
Commenting on the event, John Buchanan, CATH’s Education Manager, said, ‘It’s an engagement project for homeless people or vulnerably housed people. The idea is that we engage with our clients in the most positive and therapeutic manner and we feel that art fits that bill. Art provides, quite literally, a blank canvas for our clients to explore their own feelings, we don’t ask them to do anything specific – whatever they do comes from somewhere within them. What we’re hoping is that whatever feelings they’ve got locked away are released on to whatever canvas we’re using – that’s the benefit of art.’
Narratives of Homelessness ran from 5th to 10th March 2018 at Tate Liverpool. The artwork created is now exhibited at the Harold Tomlin’s Day Centre. To learn more about CATH’s work, or to make a donation, please click here: https://cath.org.uk/how-you-can-help/
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