Homeless charity launches arts project

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A series of events will open a window on the work of homeless and vulnerably-housed artists in the city this month, as part of Art in Crisis - a national arts programme organised bv homelessness charity Crisis.

Art in Crisis will feature a range of exhibitions and activities across the country in the next few weeks, revealing how art allows us to find our place in the world.

In Sheffield, Crisis Skylight Yorkshire will be running open public art classes at the Theatre Delicatessen, demonstrating the charity’s innovative work in the area – including dance workshops, a one-day urban art course and an acting session run by TV actress Stacey Sampson.

There will also be an exhibition of artwork by people with experience of homelessness and an evening of discussions around the theme ‘Art Is...’ chaired by Sheffield University’s Head of Theatre, Bill McDonnell.

Alongside the events in Sheffield, there will also be exhibitions and activities nationwide highlighting the role of art in ending homelessness and across society, including outdoor workshops in London’s Spitalfields Market, a pop-up creative space in the centre of Liverpool and innovative drama performances in Edinburgh and Oxford.

Jon Sparkes, Chief Executive of Crisis, said: “Homelessness is a devastating experience, with confidence and motivation quick to suffer without the security of a home. Be it drama, music, drawing or dance, making art can help to spark a sense of self, producing focus and a clear outlook in the future.

“Engaging with creative activities encourages all of us to explore ideas together, finding new ways to see the world and our place within it.”

Visit www.crisis.org.uk/artsouthyorks for details.