With One Voice partnered with Edinburgh University to create a Review of Arts and Homelessness in Scotland. PhD student Shelly Coyne, who was on secondment at With One Voice, worked with a group of co-researchers with lived experience of homelessness to carry out the review, which maps the sector, establishes needs, challenges and opportunities and how With One Voice can help the sector to flourish.
Information has been collected through one-to-one interviews, an online survey and a consultation event held in conjunction with Creative Scotland, Edinburgh University and Scottish Government in September 2017. The review will be published in September 2018 and there will be a second event in Edinburgh to disseminate the findings of the review and to decide ‘what next?’ as a sector. This work will also feed into our global review of Cultural Spaces and Homelessness Strategy, which seeks to enable arts venues, museums, galleries and libraries to share practice and to create a toolkit for working with homeless people.
Leading from the consulation event last September, the Scottish Homelessnes and Arts Network (SHAN) has been set up to allow the sector to connect more regularly, share practice and find ways to amplify eachother's voices. Meetings are taking place 3-4 times a year, alternating between Edinburgh or Glasgow and outside the central belt at least once a year. Email us to join the mailing list.
Timeline for Scotland Arts and Homelessness Review:
• Spring 2017 – initial desk research into arts and homelessness sector in Scotland
• June – on-line survey circulated to sector and stakeholders (click here to take part)
• September – consultation event in partnership with Edinburgh University and Creative Scotland to publish early findings and to gather the existing sector for further consultation
• January 2018 – Review completed
• April – 1st meeting of SHAN
• 27 June – 2nd meeting of SHAN (Grassmarket Centre, Edinburgh - click here to take part)
• 20 Septmber (tbc) – Review published and a second event to disseminate the review and discuss recommendations/‘what next?’