Arlington, our homeless accommodation and support service in the heart of Camden, showcased the colourful artwork produced by its residents from Creative Space art programme on Thursday 25 October.
The exhibition included a live performance by the Arlingtons, a band led by a former Arlington resident, poetry and story readings, and an audio-visual installation by the group of artists behind Emma, the magazine made entirely by people who experienced homelessness in their lives.
At the opening of the event, David Leeves, Director of Social Mobility at One Housing, said: “Arlington has been here for over 110 years in the heart of Camden providing a home and services to help people going through a difficult time in their life. Today it’s also a focal point for creativity and art, the work produced by residents shows the many talents they have and sheds light into some dark moments in their lives.”
Fiona Fieber, Head of Learning and Participation at Space, added: “Since the programme started in 2010 it has grown and grown. One of the most wonderful things is to see the number of people joining in and getting involved. The programme is developing its entire own life. Congratulations to everybody for putting up such an amazing show.”
One of the participants of this year’s Creative Space art programme, Kevin Mbemba, 26, who recently moved to Arlington, was encouraged to take up art and music classes when he moved in. The workshop captivated his imagination and motivated him to do more art. “I’ve always thought I’d be good, but this is a chance of proving to myself that I can do it. I’ve got creativeness in me.” Kevin is also attending a music workshop and recording my own music at Arlington. Kevin said: “I feel like I landed in the right place.”
This year’s Creative Space exhibition was curated by David Tovey, a formerly homeless artist, educator and activist who is also the founder of the UK’s first One Festival of Homeless arts. It displayed artwork produced in textiles, writing, music, photography, graffiti and general arts workshops.
Published on Friday 26 October 2018