State of the Nation: 22-28 January 2018

State of the Nation: 22-28 January 2018
26th July 2017 Tess Hudak

State of the nation is a year-long creative exploration into the homelessness crisis that grips the UK. Launched on 8th April with a two day event at Tate Exchange at Tate Modern, this year’s worth of activity is a campaign that shines a light on the realities of homelessness today and one that is pushing for change. It includes major events, displays, intimate talks, video blogs, articles and much more…



Between 22-28 January Museum of Homelessness presents State of the Nation – the culmination of a year-long response to the homelessness crisis in the UK.

As part of the programme, the museum is taking over Tate Exchange in Tate Liverpool for a week to present projects, installations and events that explore the issues.

The focus for the week is Frequently Asked Questions, a project developed in collaboration between artist Anthony Luvera and Gerald Mclaverty. This work presents the findings of a project that reaches out to local authorities to respond to questions asked from the point of view of homeless people enquiring about a homeless individual’s right to access to basic living provisions such as shelter, personal safety, health, food, and communication.

During the week we will also be sharing A Soldier’s Story, an installation created by artist David Tovey that responds to the experiences of servicemen and women who become homeless. The Soldiers have already appeared in London and Gloucester.

The whole week will include events sharing stories from Liverpool and across the north. Taken together the week will offer a snapshot of what’s happening on the streets, hostels, and in people’s lives.

With all forms of homelessness increasing, State of the Nation brings 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.

The week long programme includes


Art and installations:

Frequently Asked Questions: a project developed by Anthony Luvera and Gerald McLaverty, that presents research about support and services available to homeless people through a series of questions. The workmaps the realities faced by the most marginalised individuals across the UK as they attempt to access systems of care.

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.


Tuesday 23rd January

Rough Justice: A public discussion that will explore this broader picture for homelessness in the UK for both Liverpool and beyond. This event comes at a time when numbers sleeping rough are rising across the UK. Numbers in Liverpool have seen an increase of almost 20% in people asking for help. This event will be delivered in partnership with Liverpool Salon. Speakers include Anthony Luvera, Julie Fadden, Dave Clements and Pauline Hadaway. Find out more here.

Friday 26th January

State of the Nation Conversations: Speakers from community organisations, artists and activists will discuss the major issues for homelessness in 2017 and 2018 through a series of creative presentations.


Saturday 27th January

Choir with No Name: Join the Choir with No Name for an afternoon of singing and music on Saturday 27 January.The Choir with No Name is a choir for people affected by homelessness and other adults who may be at risk due to mental health, addiction, recovery, or otherwise socially isolated and marginalised.

All weekend

Exchanges: As part of State of the Nation, Exchanges will be happening throughout the weekend. Exchanges is a collection of objects and stories from across the UK offering a snapshot of what’s happening in people’s lives and homelessness throughout the UK. Testimonies will be shared throughout the weekend.

In January 2018, MoH is teaming up with artist Anthony Luvera to showcase his project Frequently Asked Questions alongside a range of talks and workshops at Tate Liverpool. The project involves Luvera and collaborator Gerald McIaverty researching homelessness support services provided by local authorities across the country. These questions are written from the point of view of a homeless person requesting information about services provided in their locality.

The responses provide a picture of how services both help and hinder people and give an insight into the challenges and realities faced by those who are most marginalised and how they work within the system. Frequently Asked Questions therefore invites audiences to contemplate the information and range of responses provided by the local authorities.

All events are free and some are bookable. To get tickets visit the Tate website here.


State of the Nation: Exchanges on Homelessness

MoH launched State of the Nation at Tate Exchange on 08-09 April. This weekend of art and performance included a display of objects and stories taken from seven cities around the UK, inspirational work by artist David Tovey and a range of performances and talks. You can find out more about the weekend here.

Raw Truths

MoH took part in a series of events called Raw Truths between May and July. The events responded to Cardboard Citizens Home Truths play cycles and explored the history of housing, activism and the present day realities of homelessness.

Objects and Stories

MoH was delighted to release four object stories made with renowned film maker Dorothy Allen-Pickard in July. The objects were shown at Tate Exchange and show our storytellers recounting the powerful stories of the hat, asbo, health card and naloxone in the words of the donor. You can find the object stories here.

Jimmy’s Corner

Jimmy’s corner was launched in mid 2017  in memory of the late Jimmy Carlson OBE who was with MoH at the beginning of our journey. Jimmy was never afraid to express his views and was a passionate about the rights of those affected by homelessness. This platform is for range of opinions about homelessness and is updated regularly.



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