Art In Crisis: Liverpool Events to Celebrate Art’s Role in Ending Homelessness

A series of public events this September will open a window on the work of homeless and vulnerably housed artists in the city as part of Art in Crisis, a national arts programme organised by homelessness charity Crisis

Art in Crisis will feature a range of exhibitions and activities across the country from Friday 4 – Monday 21 September 2015 revealing how art allows us to find our place in the world.

Liverpool highlights include a pop-up creative space in the centre of the city, a unique tour of the REALITY exhibition at the Walker Art Gallery by Crisis clients, and a special performance by the Crisis band at the Hope Fest music festival.

Alongside the events in Liverpool, there will also be exhibitions and activities nationwide highlighting the role of art in ending homelessness and across society, including outdoor art sessions in London’s Spitalfields Market, a collaborative photography exhibition in Birmingham and innovative drama performances in Edinburgh and Oxford.

Jon Sparkes, Chief Executive of Crisis, said: “Homelessness is a devastating experience, with confidence and motivation quick to suffer without the security of a home. Be it drama, music, drawing or dance, making art can help to spark a sense of self, producing focus and a clear outlook in the future.

“Engaging with creative activities encourages all of us to explore ideas together, finding new ways to see the world and our place within it. Art in Crisis will celebrate the role of art, both in ending homelessness and across society, revealing how it offers people a way to move forward with positivity and purpose.”


Crisis runs a range of art classes at its eight centres across the UK, helping people build social skills and regather the confidence to move on to education and training. Last year, the charity helped 550 homeless people into secure employment.

Art in Crisis runs from Friday 4 to Monday 21 September 2015.

For a full list of events in Liverpool visit:
See current list below


Liverpool Listings:

Art transforming lives: a practical investigation
Where: The Bluecoat, School Lane, L1 3BX
When: Monday 7 Sept, 1 – 4pm

An afternoon exploring the way that Crisis and other organisations work with artists and the arts to make a difference to people’s daily lives and, in the case of Crisis, help to keep people out of homelessness. A chance to to exchange and investigate shared aims, strategies and approaches between cultural institutions and service providers.
Places are limited, please call 0151 218 7000 to book.

Art Is…Transformation – Launch event
Where: The Brink, 21 Parr Street, L1 4JN
When: Tues 8 September, 6 – 8pm

Join us for an evening to celebrate the opening of the Art Is…Transformation exhibition. The celebration will include music from Crisis clients before their appearance at Hope Fest, spoken word from Crisis poets and refreshments.

Art Is…Transformation
Where: The Brink, 21 Parr Street, L1 4JN
When: 8 September –3 January, 9am – 11pm daily

A showcase of work made in Crisis art workshops explore the theme of ‘transformation’ through painting, photography and objects.

Talk Tuesday at Walker Art Gallery
Where: Walker Art Gallery, William Brown Street, L3 8EL
When: Tues 8 September, 1pm

Crisis clients will lead tours of the REALITY exhibition, sharing their own fresh perspective on this exhibition of vibrant British painting and influential artists’ work.

Royal Academy Workshop
Where: The Bluecoat, School Lane, L1 3BX
When: Thurs 10 September, 10am – 4pm

Join us for a very exciting opportunity to work with world class artists from the Royal Academy of Arts. For one day only we are opening this regular workshop and inviting the wider public to test their hand at drawing alongside our members.

Places are limited, please call Crisis Skylight Merseyside to book your place on 0151 218 7000.

Crisis Pop-up shop
When: Week beginning 14 September

An animated space, full of exciting and eclectic things that you need in your life! Look out for themed events and items throughout the week

Hope Fest Music Festival
Where: The Brink, 21 Parr Street, L1 4JN
When: Sat 19 September
1 – 3pm: Open music workshop with Crisis and The Choir With No Name
3pm – late: Live music performances

Instead of paying an entrance fee, festival goers are asked to donate a ‘Hope Pack’ made up of essentials such as food and clothing which will be passed on directly to homeless people in Liverpool via Hope Fest’s partners. In return you gain access to all of the venues over the weekend of 18 – 20 September