UK wide programme of events launches landmark pieces of arts and homelessness research

To celebrate its first year of operation Arts & Homelessness International (formerly With One Voice), the international arts and homelessness movement, is staging a series of events around the UK to launch and share landmark research and resources it has created with and for the global arts and homelessness sector. 

The charity, born out of a London 2012 Cultural Olympiad project within Streetwise Opera, went independent in 2019 in order to expand its work around the world. It is the only organisation in the world that works at the intersection of arts and homelessness globally and one of the few homelessness organisations in the world with 50% of board and staff made up of people who are or have been homeless. 

The programme of events includes:  

  • Thursday 27th February at the Lighthouse, Glasgow | 10 am to 5 pm (registration at 9.30 am) | FROM PARTICIPATION TO CO-PRODUCTION - A morning of workshops in evaluation and fundraising, following the findings of the First International Literature Review of Arts and Homelessness* and Scotland specific research. The afternoon focuses on the civic role of the arts organisations with leading practitioner Nina Simon (Of/By/For All). This event is organised in partnership with Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (UK Branch) and Creative Scotland. Registration here:
  • Thursday 19th March at the Manchester Art Gallery | 1.30 pm to 5 pm (registration at 1 pm) | CULTURAL SPACES RESPONSES TO HOMELESSNESS PROGRAMME  - The Cultural Spaces Responses to Homelessness Capacity Building Programme is based on international research and comprises of a free toolkit and a training package supporting venues to deepen access to people who are or have been homeless**. This afternoon of talks includes sharing of findings and tools and a panel discussion with partners Museum of Homelessness and flagship venue Manchester Museum. Registration here 
  • Thursday 14th May at Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (UK Branch), London | from 10 am onwards | 1ST ANNIVERSARY SEMINAR & PRACTICE SHARE - A day of talks and workshops around the key pieces of research produced by AHI, including the Literature Review and Cultural Spaces Programme as well as the launch of the new Arts and Homelessness Practice Guide*** and information about the Arts and Homelessness Civic Plan. Detailed programme to come. Register your interest here OR contact Executive Producer Lora Krasteva 



*The First International Arts and Homelessness Literature Review, authored by Phyllida Shaw, is a collection of research that provides evidence on how the arts can increase the wellbeing, agency, resilience, knowledge and skills of people who are or have been homeless. To learn more, download the full literature review or its executive summary -  

**Cultural Spaces’ Responses to Homelessness Review, Training Programme and Toolkit – as homelessness rises, the role of cultural spaces is becoming more important for this community. Galleries, art centres, libraries and museums are welcoming more and more homeless people through their doors but are finding there is no shared practice or training for how best to do this. We have commissioned a global review of cultural spaces who are working effectively with homeless people and using this to share practice through a training programme and toolkit we have tested with Manchester Museum and Tate Modern. This will enable tens of thousands of cultural spaces worldwide to deepen access and involvement for homeless people.  

***Arts and Homelessness Practice Guide – AHI has developed a new guide to help homeless organisations develop arts programmes and arts organisations run programmes with homeless people. This new guide for the first time builds on international practice and includes training in Co-production.