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Arts Creativity and Homelessness

Arts Creativity and Homelessness

How can the arts contribute to wellbeing, equality and social justice?

Can arts, creativity and co-production challenge stereotypes that lead to negative perceptions of homelessness, and facilitate opportunities for people to be seen and their voices amplified? Can arts and creativity enable people who have experienced homelessness to develop self-confidence, improve wellbeing, and enhance social connections using trauma-informed practice and safe spaces?

This project encompasses a body of research around arts, creativity and homelessness, led or co-produced by Professor Nadine Holdsworth from the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies (part of the School of Creative Arts, Performance and Visual Cultures). Nadine is currently developing a monograph with the provisional title Becoming Visible: Arts, Creativity and Homelessness.

Report: Arts and Homelessness in Coventry

A research report evaluating the HOME: Arts and Homelessness festival and the legislative theatre initiatives led by Arts and Homelessness International during Coventry UK City of Culture 2021.

Understanding Homelessness: A Creative Toolkit

This toolkit is a resource for teachers, youth groups, and other organisations that work with people aged 14 and above.

Constellations of HOME

An exhibition based around assisted self-portraits, co-created with participants from the Coventry area who have experienced homelessness.

Taking the Lead

A project exploring what it means to be a member-led and trauma-informed community theatre organisation, for people experiencing social disadvantage, homelessness, and/or mental health issues.

Homeless Monopoly

Homeless Monopoly’ is a Coventry-based game exploring the many reasons that people experience homelessness, the issues they face, and the support services that are available in the city of Coventry.