Pavements to Property: Call for Contributions

Pavements to Property is a new collaborative project, being carried out in the North East of England and involving Northumbria University, Newcastle City Council, Home Group, Shelter, Changing Lives, Byker Trust and the North East Homeless Think Tank. The project will stimulate new reflections and discussion on issues of housing, homelessness and inequality, at an important moment in the history of the homelessness sector – the 50th anniversary of Cathy Come Home, the BBC television play credited with placing homelessness and housing insecurity on the political agenda.

Specifically, the key objectives of the project are to:

  • reflect upon the changing causes of and policy responses to homelessness;
  • investigate the extent and ways in which the situation in the North East reflects the national picture;
  • explore the similarities and differences between public and ‘expert’ understandings of homelessness; and
  • encourage public debate on long-term responses to homelessness.

Through this call, we are seeking visual and creative arts contributions (e.g. film, photography, drawings, creative writing) to the programme of installations. The installations will be curated by the academic project team and displayed in locations across Newcastle city centre – including the city’s streets, hostels and empty rental properties. The installations will be publicly launched on 5th December 2016 and form part of a wider programme of work examining the systemic and structural causes of homelessness. The programme will include restoration and renovation work at a number of empty properties throughout the city, artistic residencies, a public screening of Cathy Come Home introduced by director Ken Loach and a panel discussion featuring MPs, charity CEOs and academics.

Proposals for installations should be made via a 250-word abstract submitted to Adele Irving, Senior Research Fellow, Northumbria University (adele2.irving@northumbria.ac.uk) by Friday 8th October 2016. The abstract should include a brief description of the project and nature of the project outputs. Visual evidence or links to multi-media content can also be submitted.

For more information about this opportunity, please contact Adele Irving at adele2.irving@northumbria.ac.uk or on 0191 243 7757.