Student-led photography exhibition raises £3,500 to support homeless community

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  • Stories of the Streets is a unique photography initiative which conveys images of homelessness from the perspective of those experiencing it first-hand. An exhibition which was held in the intu Broadmarsh Shopping Centre from Friday 17 November to Sunday 24 December 2017 has raised £3,500 to support the homeless community.
  • Proceeds will be split between the artists through a ‘pay-it-forward’ scheme, and re-invested back into the social enterprise People of the Streets to support more people and exhibitions across the UK.
  • A 2018 calendar showcasing a selection of the best photos is still available to purchase for a reduced price of £5.

The Stories of the Streets photography exhibition, which shared images of homelessness from the perspective of those experiencing it first-hand, has raised £3,500 through product sales and cash donations to support homeless people. The exhibition, which was held at the intu Broadmarsh Shopping Centre between Friday 17 November and Sunday 24 December 2017, attracted thousands of visitors, many of whom also donated vital products like warm clothing and toiletries.

With the help of local homeless centres Emmanuel House and Canaan Trust, volunteers from the homeless community were provided with a personal disposable camera, enabling them to share their stories with others. All proceeds will be split between the artists through a pay-it-forward scheme, such as secure accommodation or meals for the individual, and re-invested back into the social enterprise to support more people and exhibitions across the UK, with the next exhibition set to take place in Manchester.

Stories of the Streets is organised by People of the Streets CIC, a student-led initiative organised by University of Nottingham students Charles Kerr and Alex Greenhalgh, with support from Boots and Kodak. People of the Streets is based in Nottingham and distributes products to cities across the UK.

Operations Director of Stories of the Streets Alex says: “We’re over the moon and humbled by the response Stories has received in Nottingham. The sales from the photos and calendars have greatly exceeded original expectations; a testament to the talents of the photographers that took part. Now onto Stories of the Streets, Manchester.”

Charles, Managing Director for the social enterprise, adds: “Raising so much money to fund essential items and services is amazing, of course, but it’s also hugely important to us to challenge negative perceptions of homelessness. So many people have taken time out of their busy schedules to visit the exhibition and educate themselves about the reality of homeless living. Hundreds of them have left behind thought-provoking messages of support.”

Kevin Curtis, Director of Canaan Trust, says: “For the first time the homeless in Nottingham have been seen to be real people with real issues, transcending the normal, narrow negative stereotyping relating to alcohol and drug abuse. These University of Nottingham students have excelled themselves in delivering for the homeless and for the exhibition partner agencies.”

For further information, please contact:

https://peopleofthestreets.co.uk

Charles Kerr 07954 274750 hello@peopleofthestreets.co.uk

Alex Greenhalgh 07598 257872 hello@peopleofthestreets.co.uk