With One Voice Director Matt Peacock explains why Manchester is the perfect place to host the inaugural International Arts and Homelessness Summit & Festival
“I always arrive into Manchester the same way – stepping off the train at Piccadilly Station, leaving by the main exit where the road funnels passengers down into the heart of the city past high street shops, criss-crossing tram lines, to the open space of Piccadilly Gardens.
With One Voice is organizing the first ever Summit & Festival of arts and homelessness which will take place in Manchester in Nov 2018. One of the centre-pieces of the Festival will be a public mural co-created with people who are or have been homeless from around Greater Manchester. We will work with around 30 people who are or have been homeless and we are making a call-out to individuals and homeless agencies to come forward to help create this important piece of art.
With One Voice is working on two major reviews in the sector with arts consultant Phyllida Shaw: an International Literature Review on Arts and Homelessness that will bring together research, evaluation and documentation from the sector and academia; and an International Review of Cultural Spaces’ Responses to Homelessness which will include examples from Rio to Dallas to Manchester on how cultural spaces (libraries, galleries, museums, theatres, arts centres, open spaces, etc.) are welcoming homeless people to take part in the cultural offer.
Streetwise Opera’s international initiative, With One Voice, organised the first arts and homelessness exchange between Canada, the United States and the UK. 23 outstanding projects shared their work during this event, which was held in November 2017, as part of the ATSA État d'Urgence Festival in Montreal. Video by Salima Punjani for Streetwise Opera.
We are working with choirs in the UK to support the five homeless choirs that we set up in Rio as part of Streetwise Opera’s With One Voice international initiative.
Fairhaven Singers, a choir based in Cambridge, has announced it is twinning with the Museum of Tomorrow Choir in Rio. Both choirs have exchanged seasonal greetings films and the UK group, led by Ralph Woodward, has been raising funds for the project in Brazil.
By Letitia Bouie and Katy Rubin
Letitia and Katy here, reporting from the plane trip home to NYC, from Montreal. We just wrapped up an exciting and exhausting week-long exchange of arts and homelessness practitioners from Canada, United States and the UK, organized by With One Voice. We are full of ideas, reflections and next-steps, and very grateful to the organizers, Matt and Ellie, for welcoming Theatre of the Oppressed NYC into this international network!
It started on an escalator 30 feet below ground at Cantagalo Metro station in Copacabana in Rio…A chat about a mutual deep love of Scotland; good friends, studying, living there, working there, choirs in homeless centres and by the time Matt Peacock (Director of With One Voice) and Shelly Coyne had emerged onto street level a seed had been sown and a question asked; could Scotland achieve the unthinkable and be the first country to have a fully integrated arts and homeless sector which is embedded in national government p