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 more…
WHAT IS LIVE NOW
In response to major events and in memory of our former trustee, colleague and friend Jimmy Carlson OBE, MoH has launched Jimmy’s Corner – a blog platform for thoughts and opinions on homelessness today. Our first article offers a three month reflection on events since State of the Nation at Tate Exchange.
Frequently Asked Questions – State of the Nation North
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.
WHAT HAS HAPPENED SO FAR
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.
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.