No Home Project and Exhibition Opening April 15th - You're invited! by Robert Knapman

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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.


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  • Robert Knapman
    Robert Knapmanover 6 years ago

    NO HOME: Media Release

    An art exhibition discussing homelessness in the inner city.
    The initiative of an individual seeking to expand his own self-awareness, the project grew from an issue that was perpetually around him, part of his weekly life. Living and working in the inner city, homelessness was often encountered in the seeking of shelter within Jeffrey’s work environment and some friendly, and some not so friendly conversations had with the local homeless.

    An exhibition of artwork revealing the reality of life for the homeless of Surry Hills/Darlinghurst, and the inner city at large, with the aim of raising awareness of their plight and generating discussion toward providing solutions to the issues involved. With this as the statement guiding the artists, discussion ensued. With the initial ten artists, and more joining, the exhibition is set to offer varied notions of homelessness in the inner city.

    A group of artists take the notion of homelessness in the inner city into the context of their artistic practice, in an effort to generate discussion on the causes and what solutions are working. To this end No Home has affiliated the exhibition with Hopestreet-Urban Compassion one of the inner city ventures addressing homelessness and making a difference in the city. Hopestreet-Urban Compassion has provided the 182 Campbell street for the exhibition venue, and proceeds for the exhibition will benefit Hopestreet-Urban Compassion.

    The most recent exposure that the homeless got in the media was the 2000 Sydney Olympics and this was mostly on the topic of how to get rid of them for the event. No Home aims to bring the topic of homelessness back to serious discussion in Sydney. 2008 has anything changed? Has Kevin Rudd brought the issue to the table? Day in and day out the homeless exist around us and mostly we ignore them. No Home offers the opportunity to get the topic into conversation.

    NO HOME: An art exhibition discussing Homelessness 182 Campbell Street Darlinghurst 2010. 16 April- 4 May Wed-Sat 11am – 5pm

    Proceeds from the exhibition will benefit Hopestreet – Urban Compassion. For details and information on Hopestreet -Urban Compasion contact Michael Hercock 0404 861 366.

  • JenniferB
    JenniferBover 6 years ago

    Awesome cause… would’ve loved to have been able to make it there. Judging by the artwork and photography I’ve seen here @ redbubble, I’m sure it’ll be a huge success.

  • John Douglas
    John Douglasover 6 years ago

    I think I’ll be there!

  • paulcompton
    paulcomptonover 6 years ago

    I know it’ll be brilliant. A noble cause too. Well done and best wishes Robert.

  • Paul Tait
    Paul Taitover 6 years ago

    Congratulations team. What an amazing cause to work with. I salut you all. Best wishes and please keep us informed of the progress.

  • mariemadeleyne
    mariemadeleyneover 6 years ago

    I would love to be there Robert.
    All my best thoughts and wishes are with you all.

  • Robert Knapman
    Robert Knapmanover 6 years ago

    Thanks everyone for your well wishes. Wish you could all be there. And thanks Jeffrey for a great and important opportunity. Cheers.

  • Melinda Kerr
    Melinda Kerrover 6 years ago

    Wow Robert. Brilliant. Brilliant. Wish I could see it :)

  • Hi Mel. Wish all you and all the other Melbourne folk could be here too .)

    – Robert Knapman

  • Glenn Storey
    Glenn Storeyover 6 years ago

    Will try my best to come along.
    Will ask friend, co host and fellow redbubbler Julianne Goepfert along also.
    Looking forward to it.

  • Thats great Glenn. Look forward to meeting you if you come .) Cheers

    – Robert Knapman

  • shayne2011
    shayne2011over 6 years ago

    Um, just asking, but isn’t this all a bit predatory ? I mean, standing back with your telephoto lenses, snapping away without permission, until you get “the precise expression on the subject’s face that supports your own notions about poverty, light, dignity, texture, exploitation, and geometry,” (as Susan Sontag said of the Depression-era documentary photography projects.) These poor sods are really pretty hopeless, bouncing between the hospital, the jail and and the street, and the last thing they need is yet another exhibition of their wretchedness, which may be more about artists and patrons exploiting that situation, before heading off to to Thai restaurant to congratulate themselves on their social conscience. Maybe, it’d be more help to the homeless if you had an exhibition of anything else and gave the money to one of the charities that actually feeds these people.
    Just askin’.

  • Yes maybe Shayne.

    – Robert Knapman

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