Park Lodge Project Homelessness Sculpture

Park Lodge Project Homelessness Artwork

We are delighted to host a piece of installation artwork outside the Friends Meeting House during the ArtBeat 2016 festival entitled “A Day in the Life”. The artwork has been created by the young people of Park Lodge Project on Clarendon Park Road to raise awareness of homelessness. Come along from noon on Saturday 25 June to see the installation.

About “A Day in the Life”

Park Lodge Project homelessness artworkPark Lodge Project (PLP) a small independent charity located in Clarendon Park. Since 1972 it has been providing supported housing for vulnerable young people aged 16-25 who are homeless.

Soft Touch Arts (STA) is a well-established youth arts and heritage project. Until last year, Soft Touch Arts was located in Clarendon Park but has since moved to adapted premises in New Walk.

With a small grant from The Big Lottery the two organisations have been working in partnership to encourage the young people who use Park Lodge Project to create a piece of artwork for public display. The work is designed to stimulate thinking and discussion about youth homelessness and perhaps challenge and even change public perceptions about the issue.

Park Lodge Project homelessness artworkTo this end, 8 residents from Park Lodge Project, aged 17-19 years, have created a piece of artwork all about homelessness. The work will be on display in front of Friends Meeting House, Queens Road from noon on Saturday 25 June.

Raising Awareness about Homelessness

The work is intended to engage passers-by in conversation about the artwork and the issues it raises in people’s minds.

Some of the young people who created the artwork, and one of the project leaders will be on hand on Saturday 25 June at noon to find out what you think about homelessness. Please stop and chat if you happen to be passing.

The essence of these conversations will be recorded and form some account of how members of the public regard homelessness, particularly as it affects young people.

Your thoughts will help to shape the next stage of the project. The ultimate goal is to create an exhibit which will present different perceptions of youth homelessness and illustrate the impact this project on the young people who have taken part.