Free Events Taking Place All Week 12-18 Nov
Some events require booking, see below
10am to 5pm daily (11am-5pm on Monday). Festival Information Desk: Manchester Art Gallery.
Secret! Mancsy the famous Mancunian artist with a secret identity is creating a special limited edition print for the Summit & Festival. It will be posted around Manchester for members of the public to find between 12-18 Nov. Follow @realmancsy to find out when the drop has been made and keep your eyes peeled!
All day/night Inspirational People. A public photography and art exhibition which celebrates people’s strengths and talents with Booth Centre and photographer Matt Priestly. Piccadilly Station. (Free - just turn up)
All day/night The Doodle on Ducie Street Mural. With One Voice project created for the Festival by 33 artists who are or have been homeless from GM and New York artist Joel Bergner. Outdoor on Ducie Street next to 111 Piccadilly. (Free - just turn up)
9am to 5pm International Arts and Homelessness Exhibition. Artwork and films made by and with people who are or have been homeless from around the world - from Mumbai to Manchester, Seattle to Sierra Leone. New Adelphi, Salford. (Free - just turn up)
9am to 5pm Limbo. Haunting and powerful text installation iby Redfolio. The work explores ideas of identity and belonging related to the possession of an address. The letterbox is a gateway to correspondence based on a person being present behind a door; the state of homelessness exists outside of this model. Wigan Town Hall, Library Street, WN1 1YN. (Free - just turn up)
10am to 5pm daily (10am-9pm on Thursday)
Poetry exhibition curated by Urban Poet Ged Austin. Poems collected from the streets of Manchester, Upper Promenade, The Whitworth. (Free - just turn up)
10am-11pm The Booth Centre: Arrival. An exhibition which is part of #HOMEinspires Programme connects HOME with the city's most essential voluntary groups and charities, both as audience and artists. The Booth Centre created this exhibition as part of their arts programme, curating the work in collaboration with HOME. (Free - just turn up)
10am to 5pm daily (11am-5pm on Monday)
Host, Manchester Art Gallery. Castlefield Gallery and Spinningfields are making sculptures from artist Hilary Jack’s HOST series available in exchange for donations to Street Support. In 2016, Jack’s HOST sculptures raised over £10,000 for Manchester Homelessness Charter. The sculptures are valued from £2,500 (more info here). Manchester Art Gallery (Free - just turn up)
11am to 7pm Manchester Homeless Art Exhibition curated by Urban Poet Ged Austin featuring artwork from Barnabus, Lifeshare, Victoria House, Stockport Housing, art from the street, and Manchester College photography students. Nexus Art Café (free entry but donations welcome - 100% of donations raised go to provide winter provisions for people who are sleeping rough).
Monday 12th November (additional events)
3-4pm Festival launch at Inspirational People: Public photography and art exhibition which celebrates people’s strengths and talents. With Booth Centre and photographer Matt Priestly. Piccadilly Station (Free - just turn up)
6-8pm Festival opening night event Facing Change: A one-night only exhibition displaying photography made by artists from Back on Track and Inspiring Change Manchester shown in parallel with a sister exhibition from Detroit, Facing Change: Documenting DETROIT, USA. Anthony Burgess Foundation. (Free but booking required).
7-11pm Manchester Homeless Art Exhibition Party curated by Urban Poet Ged Austin featuring artwork from Barnabus, Lifeshare, Victoria House, Stockport Housing, art from the street, and Manchester College photography students. 100% of donations raised go to provide winter provisions for rough sleepers. Nexus Art Café. (Free - just turn up).
7.30pm Action Man, Plaster Cast Theatre. Physical theatre show about a homeless veteran with PTSD fighting against the mental health cuts. 53 Two. (Limited free allocation for WOV Festival. Email firstname.lastname@example.org).
Tuesday 13th November (additional events)
9am to 4:30pm (and daily until 17th)
Art Exhibition at Emmaus Mossley. Come to an exhibition of artwork by artists who took part in ‘The Doodle on Ducie Street’ mural in Manchester which Emmaus Mossley were involved. Emmaus Mossley. (Free - just turn up)
3-5pm Lecture given by Alfred Ochaya, Ugandan Director of SALVE International. SALVE work with street connected children in Uganda and are celebrating their 10th anniversary. He is a specialist in resilience and just finished a 2 year learning project exploring resilience with street connected children in partnership with organisations in Equador and Nepal using the creative arts. Manchester University, Ellen Wilkinson Building). (Free but booking required).
Wednesday 14th November (additional events)
10am-4pm Actions for Change - Health and Homelessness. Museum of Homelessness has teamed up with the National Institute for Health Research to stage an all day-event exploring homelessness, primary health care, patient safety and mental through a range of interactive workshops, discussions and presentations. Nowgen Centre, 29 Grafton St, Manchester M13 9WU. (Free - but booking required.)
6-8pm Summit welcome party! – Manchester welcomes delegates from 15 countries for the Summit at the International Arts and Homelessness Exhibition- come and say hello, enjoy a free curry and soft drinks and enjoy a performance by Streetwise Opera and a presentation by Manchester Street Poem. New Adelphi, Salford (Free - booking required).
Thursday 15th November (additional events)
8am-5pm Homeless in Manchester - We're all the same: An exhibition that showcases the stories of hope and aspiration of those living and working on the streets of Greater Manchester. Curated by Manchester charity, Pledge. WeWork, 1 Spinningfields. (Free - just turn up).
9am-6pm (and daily until 18th)
Summit exhibition @ The Whitworth. While the Summit takes place, come and find a selection of local, national and international art, including a Poetry exhibition from the streets for Manchester curated by Urban Poet Ged Austin and ‘Came out – chucked out’ by Men’s Room. Plus on Sat 17th, see below, Emma Turner's 'Are you Sitting Comfortably and 'My Name Is'. The Whitworth. (Free - just turn up).
6-8pm The Ground Beneath Your Feet (Public Preview and Live Performance) brings together artists and projects from around the world. Omid Asadi, Tulani Hllalo, Keep It Complex, Jane Lawson, Roee Rosen, Oscar Santillan, Michael White and the Museum of Homelessness ask how we relate to, and are affected by, the ground beneath our feet. Artworks in the exhibition span artistic mediums and explore subjects ranging from homelessness to rising numbers of refugees and environmental catastrophes. With live performance by Omid Asadi at 6.30pm. Castlefield Gallery. (Free - just turn up).
6-9pm International Arts and Homelessness Showcase and Open Mic. Come along to an informal evening of song, poetry, music and bravery as acts from around the world - from Sierra Leone to Tokyo and Rio to Manhester - take to the mic for one night only, with MC and literary legend, Kate Feld. Manchester Museum (Free - just turn up if you'd like to perform or be in the audience).
Friday 16th November (additional events)
12-5.30pm (and daily until 18th)
The Ground Beneath Your Feet exhibition brings together artists and projects from around the world. Omid Asadi, Tulani Hllalo, Keep It Complex, Jane Lawson, Roee Rosen, Oscar Santillan, Michael White and the Museum of Homelessness ask how we relate to, and are affected by, the ground beneath our feet. Artworks in the exhibition span artistic mediums and explore subjects ranging from homelessness to rising numbers of refugees and environmental catastrophes. Castlefield Gallery. (Free - just turn up).
7.30pm They Can't Take That Away From Me. The Edge and Booth Centre. A daft but serious, funny but moving, Appreciation Society kind of offering, from this wonderful cast of actors and singers. Using their own unique brand of storytelling, they’ll have you leaving the theatre with a spring in your step and the NHS in your heart. (Click here for ticket information – a number of free tickets have been allocated to With One Voice delegates, contact email@example.com to book your place).
Saturday 17th November (additional events)
9am-5pm Film programme at Neo. Short fllms from around the world about arts and homelessness screened in a continuous loop on the unique screens at Bruntwood's Neo building. Neo, Charlotte St. (Free - just turn up)
11am-1pm MASH drop-in art workshop. Rachel Shore will be delivering a creative informal workshop. She will be talking about MASH, their work and the upcoming Trashformations art project. She will be inviting gallery visitors to transform boxes with collages and images. The outside of the box will be decorated to represent your outer self and how other people see you. The inside of the box is decorated to express aspects of the real inner you. Learning Studio, Manchester Art Gallery. (Free - just turn up)
10am–3pm The Inspiring Change Manchester Open Day. Pop along to the ICM Hub for an Open Day. From 10am-1pm there will be 'Drop-in and give it a go' - a chance to come in and do some Art Work, learn about our work and see the art work of ICM Members. ICM is situated on Swan Street in the same building as Back-On-Track. Swan Buildings, 20 Swan Street, Manchester, M4 5JW. (Free - just trun up)
10am-5pm Are you Sitting Comfortably and My Name Is by Emma Turner. 'Are you Sitting Comfortably' is a discussion piece, with the use of two chairs. Discussions will be held with the general public around homelessness and guest conversationalist, Denise Harrison, a person with lived experience. 'My Name Is'. Head Sculptures. Sculpted heads of people who have lived experience of homelessness. Personalised to tell each individual story. The Whitworth - outside the front of the Gallery. (Free - just turn up).
11am-3pm Booth Centre Open Day. The Booth Centre is opening up its doors for an exhibition to celebrate the fantastic creative work produced by the Artists at the centre. Join us for a display of art, Arthur and Martha poetry, sewing, film, music and workshops to enjoy. (Free - just turn up)
11am-4pm Human Bower 2018 at Manchester Museum. Hazel branches covered in man-made and natural threads, the Human Bower is a collective work exploring what sort of future we hope for and what we need to keep to make that future happen. With staff member Karen Brackenridge in attendance to explain the work and it participatory aspects. Manchester Museum. (Free - just turn up)
12-4pm Back on Track Open Day. Come to visit Back on Track Talk to learners, volunteers and staff about the work; browse some creative work produced by learners; take part in creative workshops (1-2pm) and relax in the social enterprise cafe (refreshments will be available to purchase). (Free entry, over 18s only)
12-3pm (and on 18th 12-4pm)
Not Home is a collaboration between writer, Sarah Butler, the charity, Justlife, and the photographer, Stephen King. A collection of portraits made with people living in unsupported temporary accommodation in Manchester, along with first-hand accounts of their experiences. Anthony Burgess Foundation (free entry - but for 17th launch event booking required).
12.15 and 1pm Take Notice: de-stress with art. 30-minute mindfullness workshops for adults. Manchester Art Gallery, Gallery 9. (Free - just turn up)
1pm - 3pm Rising is a new Forum Theatre production by Cardboard Citizens. Rising is the story of Terrence who has just been released after a short prison sentence. He’s full of hope but, faced with battles against the system and demons from his past, he’s on the edge. He’s moving on, but is he moving in the right direction? Followed by Forum Theatre Legislative Theatre. Royal Exchange. More info here - with free allocation to WOV Summit delegates, email firstname.lastname@example.org)
1.30-3.30pm Homelessness in Our City. A practical, hands on workshop which will explore the process of co-creation and design when developing new programmes of socially engaged work. Using a recently developed programme ‘Put Big Light On’ as a reflection tool, delegates will understand the process of co-created work addressing Homelessness through the arts. The Lowry. (Free entry but email email@example.com to reserve your place - a minibus service for delegates will be provided from Manchester to The Lowry).
2pm and 3pm Workshop: Sing with Streetwise Opera. Experience the magic of Streetwise Opera’s life-changing workshops in a 30-minute session that will leave you inspired and empowered. This event is open to everyone and no singing experience is required. Manchester Art Gallery, Gallery 16 and Studio 2. (Free event - reserve your place here).
2-4pm The Superheroes of Homelessness. Working with staff, participants and volunteers at The Men’s Room, this group will be out on the streets, asking the public their opinions about homelessness and asking them what superpowers are needed to help make the situation better for everyone. On and around Piccadilly Gardens. (Free - just turn up)
3-4pm and 4-5pm Manchester Street Poem Participatory Workshops. The MSP team would like to welcome Summit Delegates to 'join us and join in'. First floor of 57 Spring Gardens (M2 3AZ). (Free entry. Summit delegates to email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up)
4pm-5.30pm Mustard Tree Open Day. Come to visit The Mustard Tree and see some of the art and creativity that takes place at the centre. There will be a brand new, unseen exhibition of Abstract Art, Readings of Creative Writing.(Free entry, Under 18’s to be accompanied by responsible adult)
5.30-7.30pm The Political History of Smack and Crack (***** The Stage). This is an angry, funny play about a lost generation. Inspired by the playwright's own experience, the play traces the fate of two addicts from the epicentre of the riots across the country in 1981 to present day Manchester, chronicling the fallout for communities crushed by the heroin epidemic at the height of Thatcherism. Preceded by a Mustard Tree performance showcase. (Free but limited allocation to WOV Summit delegates - email email@example.com)
8-9.30pm Closing night party and Legacy Event. The final night of the Summit & Festival will celebrate those involved and look forward to what next – including the launch of a new arts and social change initiative in Manchester, Manc Spirit. Come along to say hello, goodbye, eat free food together and enjoy some entertainment from Manchester talent. Mustard Tree. (Free entry - booking required).
Sunday 18th November (additional events)
1.45-4pm Acting Workshops for a film with Acting on Impulse. Have fun creating characters and stories with us. We'll work together to make an amazing film with a public premiere. Hope Studios, Manchester. (Free entry - email firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like to come along)
3-4pm Man on Bench Fairytale – closing event. Five years ago, David Tovey sat on a park bench, homeless and suicidal. The man who sat next to him saved his life. David and the Museum of Homelessness bring this story to Manchester’s iconic Mayfield Depot in an immersive new production developed by people who’ve faced homelessness. Mayfield Depot. (Free - booking required).