Launching at Manchester Art Gallery on World Homeless Day from the 10th to 14th October, 2018
20 OBJECTS. 20 EXTRAORDINARY STORIES
The Baccy that levels the playing field
A plastic Bag – the unsung hero of the 70s
The Bottle of milk they made me drink
This Card saves lives (sometimes)
The old tale of a baboon and Candle
The Cross that keeps me going
The Nit Comb to keep yourself clean, keep yourself tidy
The Lamp made from old bike parts
The Leg to try on for size
Medical Notes that tell only half the story
The Memorial Card for mum
You’re like this Music when you’re happy
A Pen to measure the right dose
The Picture worth a thousand words
In and out… The story of the Roundabout
Naloxone to bring you back from overdose
The Scales of social justice
The Stick and snake’s head
Sagatonna’s Symbol or a rounded world view?
More than just a set of Teeth
Performances at 11.00am, 12.30pm, 2.15pm and 3.45pm each day
Click here to book (Limited Spaces)
Objectified is an interactive exhibition that explores the hidden causes of homelessness.
Museums usually hold great treasures like paintings in golden frames, marble statues or grand old books. Our treasures might look ordinary in comparison, they include bin bags, tobacco and a comb. But each is a fragment of a life lived. The stories they tell challenge stereotypes about what it means to be homeless and reveal a history that’s too often hidden. We think they can change your mind in a literal sense, altering how the brain responds to homelessness. Join one of our performances at Manchester Art Gallery this October and find out if we’re right.
To make Objectified, Museum of Homelessness has been working with world class social neuroscientist Dr Lasana Harris to explore why some people are treated as less than human, allowing homelessness to continue to rise in 2018. This exhibition will help us all understand why it is possible for this to happen in one of the wealthiest nations in the world.
The testimonies that accompany the objects will be performed by storytellers, directed by Tony McBride, MoH associate (formerly Cardboard Citizens). Our storytellers bring the complex and moving stories behind the objects to life, using the exact words spoken by the people who have donated the object. This method means the project will further contribute to actively involving those with lived experience of homelessness in research in Greater Manchester.
There will also be other opportunities to engage with Objectified in October and November with workshops and events taking place as part of the Manchester Science Festival and the With One Voice International Arts and Homelessness Summit and Festival. In addition, award winning filmmaker Dorothy Allen Pickard has been commissioned to make a documentary on Objectified.
Full programme details and booking information will be available on our website from September 3rd .
Objectified is funded by the Wellcome Trust
It has been further supported in part by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Greater Manchester Patient Safety Translational Research Centre (NIHR Greater Manchester PSTRC) and Public Programmes team at Manchester University NHS Trust. The views expressed in Objectified are those of the author(s) and donor(s) and not necessarily those of the NHS, the NIHR or the Department of Health and Social Care.