Red Bubble artists are in an art exhibition and project exploring the face of inner city Sydney homelessness.
Some time ago, Jeffery Hamilton a Sydney stained glass artist decided to step outside his comfort zone and do something.
That something meant taking action on an issue he was passionate about – homelessness. Not surprising really, since his studio is smack bang in the middle of a major gathering area of homelessness in Sydney, Sydney’s Central Railway Station.
Jeffery connected with Red Bubble through Gallery 26 in Sydney (created and run largely by a collective of Red Bubble artists) and which has generated many artistic, creative and collaborative arts projects.
Naming the project provocatively “No Home”, he went about finding a handful of diverse Sydney artists to create art works which reflect their interpretation of homelessness in the inner city of Sydney. Jeffery invited me to be a “No Home” artist and then asked me to invite someone else too, so I invited Sara Lamond (Red Bubble and Gallery 26) and together we’ve been exploring the issues and creating work for the project. We’ve walked the streets during the day and night to try to feel, see, think, and breath homelessness. This hasn’t been straightforward and we’ve both been personally and photographically challenged in lots of ways. What I, and I think Sara, has been left with is a deeper or new respect fpr people who live ‘homelss’ and the assumptions of what this means – in fact what this means to be other / outside / invisible / neglected / proud / human…
We were encouraged to approach the subject creatively, laterally and consciously. So, sculptures, photographers, illustrators, painters and other arts workers have made it their business over the last month to explore this and contribute to an exhibition we hope will make a difference.
By making visible what tends to be invisible, Jeffery sees this project and exhibition leading to discussions that look for solutions to the problems that result in people living on, or depending on, the street.