Public Health Institute and Library Services will host an art exhibition in April in Aldham Robarts Library entitled ‘Homeless: the human cost of austerity’, curated by Senior Researcher Amanda Marie Atkinson. Amanda is also a local artist and a volunteer for the Real Love street team who provide outreach to those living on the city’s streets and in temporary accommodation, and The Homeless Period Liverpool, which provides feminine hygiene products to homeless and vulnerable women across Merseyside. Inspired by Amanda’s voluntary work and the research of the Public Health Institute into the lived experiences of vulnerable groups such as the homeless, this collaboration between the Public Health Institute, artist studios and local community groups will show case art works (sculpture, illustration, installation, film, photography) by local and national artists and researchers, with the aim of drawing attention to rising levels of homelessness across the UK. The art works exhibited will address a number of issues relating to homelessness, with pieces being informed by research, experiences of working with the homeless in Liverpool and lived experiences of homelessness.
A seminar will also run alongside the exhibition, bringing a number of initiatives who work with the homeless locally together to discuss the importance of working together in addressing the needs of homeless people in the city, and the importance of charitable donations/work in responding to the rising levels of homelessness in light of austerity measures. Speakers include Amanda herself, LJMU Researchers Ellie McCoy, Angela Daly and co-researcher John Anderson, the Whitechapel Centre, Natalie Denny of The Homeless Period Liverpool, Care for the Paw and Crisis.
The exhibition is open to the public. Aldham Robarts Library, 29 Maryland Street, Liverpool L1 9DE, Monday 3rd Satrurday 8th April, 10am-8pm