We've been working hard over the last few months to pull together all of the research, stories and ideas from the past year working with members at Crisis Skylight Newcastle and are now almost ready to launch the exhibition which marks the culmination of our project.
Missing Pieces: A History of Homelessness in Newcastle will open to the public on Friday 22 February at five venues around the city of Newcastle. The exhibition will feature rarely seen documents and photographs from local archives as well as personal stories from the past and present to find out what history can tell us about the ongoing crisis of homelessness in Britain. Presented within unique structures built by Crisis members in collaboration with local artists, the exhibition will challenge you to think about homelessness in a completely new way.
We will reveal some of the key issues that have impacted homelessness since 1840 and uncover the experiences faced by people living without a home. It will also explore how our attitudes to homelessness have been shaped, discover what role community has played in responding to homelessness and, looking to the future, ask whether homelessness will ever be consigned to history.
Look out for our exhibition posters and brochures which will be popping up at cultural venues near you and be sure to call in to City Library, St. Nicholas' Cathedral, Bessie Surtees House, Discovery Museum and Laing Art Gallery from 22 February.