From Monday 12th November, Manchester Piccadilly Train Station will host Inspirational People, a new photography and art exhibition jointly produced by local homelessness charity the Booth Centre and photographer Matt Priestley.
Inspirational People will be showcased on Piccadilly’s main concourse, featuring portraits of Booth Centre artists and displays of their artwork. The project aims to challenge misconceptions and habitual portrayals of homelessness; Matt captures each person’s individuality, communicating pride in their achievements and hope for the future.
The collaborative project marks the launch of the With One Voice International Arts and Homelessness Festival, a summit aimed at raising awareness of the important role the arts play in supporting those who have experienced homelessness.
Amanda Croome, CEO of the Booth Centre, said: “Whilst Manchester’s homeless situation is urgent and deserves close attention, traditional depictions of the crisis typically perpetuate damaging stereotypes. Inspirational People is a chance for the public to see powerful, authentic representations of those who have experienced such a prevalent issue in the city.
“There is support and hope for people living through homelessness, and the Booth Centre exists to help people get back on track. Inspirational People captures the optimism we see in our visitors every day, who are determined to move forward and build a better life.”
The Booth Centre provides a variety of services for people who are homeless and those at risk of homelessness. The charity aims to bring about positive change by providing advice on finding accommodation, education and training as well as helping to secure long-term employment. The centre also offers free meals and support in tackling health and addiction issues, alongside creative activities to boost confidence and self-esteem.
Inspirational People is sponsored by Savills, Neil Morland, Keolis Amey, Ward Hadaway and One Manchester, a provider of housing and community services. Anton Schultz, Social Investment Manager at One Manchester, commented: “We are incredibly proud to support Inspirational People, a captivating exhibition which truthfully represents the skills, talents and hopes of people who have experienced homelessness and the essential services the Booth Centre provides in Manchester.”
The exhibition begins at 3:00pm on Monday 12th November until Sunday 18th November, when it will move to other venues around the city. To find out more about the exhibition and its accompanying book, visit http://inspirationalpeople.co.uk.