Call-out to people who are or have been homeless in Greater Manchester to create a public Mural

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.

The mural will be coordinated by New York artist/activist Joel Bergner who specializes in co-created art to address critical issues related to armed conflict, trauma and social marginalization around the globe. He has worked with street children, in refugee camps and conflict zones. This is a collaborative painting project, which emphasizes each person having their voice woven into the content of the mural. The mural will give a voice to people who are or have been homeless, shining a light on their talents and skills and creating positive public awareness about homelessness. Joel will also work with local street artists on the project. 


The mural will be created between 24 - 29 September (celebration on 2 October 2018)


111 Piccadilly (the car park wall on the junction between Piccadilly and Ducie Street). NB Monday 24th will be at Mustard Tree

The Process

30 artists who are or have been homeless from Greater Manchester will be invited to take part in the project.

  • Monday Sept 24 – Joel will facilitate a brainstorming session in which all participant artists share ideas about what they would like to include in their mural (10am Mustard Tree)
  • Sept 25 – all artists meet in the afternoon for a first painting session (2pm tbc)
  • Sept 26-29 – all artists will paint in the morning (10.30am-1pm tbc) followed by lunch 
  • Oct 2 – the mural is unveiled to the public in a celebration where all artists can invite guests

Legacy is key to this project and there will be a menu of opportunities for the artists involved after the project.

Finding artists to take part

We are calling out to anyone in Greater Manchester who is interested in taking part and is or has been homelessness. Details of the application/selection process are below:

  • No artistic experience is needed
  • All participant artists must 18 or over
  • All participant artists must commit to being available on all or most of the dates 24 - 29 Sept. 24 Sept will be a planning and design workshop (10am to 2pm tbc inc lunch); 25 Sept in afternoon (time tbc); 26-29 Sept (10am to 2pm tbc inc lunch)
  • Lunch, refreshments, art materials and travel expenses will be provided to all artists free of charge
  • With One Voice will provide a support worker for the duration of the project
  • Artists can put themselves forward or be nominated by a homeless or other agency. There is a maximum of 2 places per organisation
  • Places will be confirmed on a first-come-first-servce basis (see application process below)
  • If we receive more than 30 expressions of interest, we will make a selection of artists based on the most inclusive and widest spread of participant artists possible including geographically around GM, the situation of the participants (including those sleeping rough, living in temporary accommodation, squats, vehicles etc)
  • We will endeavor to involve unsuccessful applicants in other artistic projects during the Summit & Festival

Get involved! How to apply

  • If you're interested in taking part, to apply please email saying why you’d like to be involved or call us on 020 7730 9551
  • For organisations putting people forward, you can either give names of the nominated participant artists or just number of places you would like and confirm names later (maximum 2 places per organization)
  • The deadline for applications is Monday 17 Sept  2018. 

The mural project is managed by With One Voice, the Manchester Summit & Festival Steering Group, in partnership with the Manchester Homelessness Partnership. The Young Guns leadership programme of Laing O’Rourke will lead the project management.

For more information contact

This project is sponsored by Laing O'Rourke and Human Appeal