State of the Nation: Exchanges on Homelessness

State of the Nation: Exchanges on Homelessness
1st February 2017 will

On April 8-9th 2017, the Museum of Homelessness launches its first major programme with Tate Exchange at Tate Modern.

With all forms of homelessness increasing, State of the Nation will bring together people who have been homeless and those who haven’t to examine what we can learn from the past, what’s happening today, and how art and creativity can improve things in future. 

As part of Tate Exchange, State of the Nation will occupy the fifth floor of the Switch House and include installations, performance, workshops and talks. A week’s residency at Tate Liverpool will follow in July. All events will be free.

The programme

State of the Nation will encourage curiosity, invite debate and bring people together in unexpected ways. The programme includes:

Workshops and installations

Exchanged: Part installation, part visual report, part story-telling space, this collection of objects and stories from across the UK will offer a snapshot of what’s happening in hostels, day centres, social housing, on the streets and in people’s lives.

A Soldier’s Story: An installation by artist David Tovey that shares the stories of former military personnel who have experienced homelessness. Ex-service personnel account for one in ten rough sleepers across the UK.

State of the Nation News: Artists and designers from Evening Class will produce a newspaper about homelessness in the 21st century. Share your views with them.


State of the Nation: Speakers from community organisations, politicians, artists and journalists will discuss the major issues for homelessness in 2017. Confirmed speakers include: Charlotte Cramer and Scarlett Montanaro (Crack and Cider), Rev Giles Fraser (Church of England, Guardian), Lorraine McGrath (Simon Scotland), Rick Henderson (Homeless Link), Antonia Watson (The Wallich) Matt Peacock (Streetwise Opera), Beth Knowles (Manchester City Council).


Music to Inspire: Join the Choir with No Name and musicians from the Academy of St Martin in the Fields and the West London Day Centre for an afternoon of singing and new music

Man on Bench: Celebrate the beauty of rubbish, second chances, and the power of art in this fashion show created by David Tovey from materials and items of old clothing thrown away on London’s streets.

Click here for the full programme.

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