The One Festival of Homeless Arts brings together works of art in many forms, from theatre and film, to sculpture and photography, as well as traditional visual art, all of which have been created by artists who have experienced homelessness.
We want to give people experiencing homelessness a safe space, an amazing venue that is easily accessible to the public and not shut off, so that as many people as possible can see this amazing work.
Brainchild of ex-homeless Artist and Campaigner David Tovey.
When With One Voice bought an arts and homelessness delegation from Brazil to London in 2015, David heard about their work and how one of the homeless artists on the delegation had started a music festival – he took immediate action, speaking to people in the sector, galvanising support and launching the festival the following autumn 2016 with the help of The Old Diorama Arts Centre.
In doing so The One Festival of Homeless Arts was born.
Originally the festival was only going to be a one off event but due to its demand David decided it needed to carry on, Introducing it to two venues in 2017 The Old Diorama Arts Centre and The Ringcross Community Centre.
Not only will it have artwork from all over the UK but it will also see even more international artworks included in the show.
We aim to bring more socially engaged projects, Art groups and practicing artists to the festival from all over the world.
We aim to change societies perceptions of the homeless through the medium of art, giving a platform for the artists, bringing back confidence and social inclusion.
David understands the transformative effect art can have for the homeless; it was his own creative tendencies that helped lift him out of a cycle of health problems and homelessness.
Were looking for new partners to help develop the growth of the festival. So if your a venue or business that would like to offer your help please do not hesitate in contacting us.
We can come to your projects to see your art, do workshops, or speak to your clients who wish to submit work.
Give us a call and we can see how we can all work together to create a truly amazing festival.