John’s making changes about homelessness.

“Word of Mouth” is a brilliant concept. Thanks to Kate Hardy I joined a homelessness steering committee now called ‘Vox Pop’ and one of its leaders gave me the info about the Museum of Homelessness Catalyst Project.

What is it? Well, basically, people with homeless experience, and an interest in art have a chance to exhibit their art, challenge the pre-conceptions about homelessness, and try to change the way people perceive homelessness.

I attended a meet and greet in London and was accepted for phase 1 of the project. This consists of attending an 8 day course in London and receiving tuition and support on our art projects.

We received talks from 10 guest speakers and learned about protest (passive and activist), the history of homelessness, and the visit to the museum of London’s Suffragette exhibition was fascinating.

The journalism speaker supports our up-coming pitches, greatly helping to polish the project pitch.

Charlie Craggs talk inspired passive protest & using our talents; a truly amazing person.

Here’s a photo of me with my certificate for completing phase 1;

 

and some photos of the art I’ve created for the project – using whats gone before to make changes;

So now I wait for news as to if I’m on phase 2 – will find out 1st week in November – watch this space!

 

P.S. In between, I’m involved in ‘Objectified’ – an event at Manchester Art Gallery. Please attend if you can.

 

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I’m invited to a MOH representation dinner at the House of Lords in January!

And today 3/10/18 I’ve been told I’ve been nominated as volunteer of the year in the Be Proud Manchester awards for my volunteering work at Manchester International Festival and the National Football Museum.

I can honestly say I just try to turn negativity to positivity, bad to good, and I want to inspire others to achieve at back on track.

 

John Priestley