Museum of Homelessness and Queerseum announce creative residency - Museums Association

Museum of Homelessness and Queerseum announce creative residency

Partnership will support LGBTIQ+ people affected by homelessness
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The Museum of Homelessness and Queerseum are to undertake a joint creative residency at the UK’s oldest fire station.

The Museum of Homelessness collects the history and lived experience of homelessness, while the Queerseum is a collective of activists, artists and queer educators. Both organisations have been operating as digital and mobile museums, but they will now have a temporary home at the Outside Project‘s new shelter and community centre in Clerkenwell Fire Station, London, which caters for LGBTIQ+ people affected by homelessness.

Launching in September, the residency aims to establish “a new kind of temporary museum space”, which will offer practical support alongside creative activity and campaigns for change.

A joint statement from both organisations said: “Because people who are affected by homelessness and inequality are at the heart of what we will create together, our space is a solution to today’s crisis and our creative programme will offer lessons for wider society.”

Jess Turtle, the co-founder of the Museum of Homelessness, said: “The LGBTIQ+ community is disproportionately affected by the deepening homelessness crisis, with one in four homeless young people identifying as LGBTIQ+.

“The UK is starkly divided right now and we need spaces that bring people together which that are led by people whose voices aren’t normally heard. We are living through a time of steep inequality and battling a significant crisis.

“Our response is to team up with some of the most significant activists of a generation to help create a space where people can find strength, sanctuary and can educate others. We are delighted to be working with our friends to make history in Clerkenwell Fire Station.”

Queerseum’s founder, Damien Arness Dalton, said: “Our vision is to strengthen our community through knowledge and empowerment, creating positive links to our history to shape better futures. We are so thankful to the Outside Project for creating a space where we can empower guests to see themselves in a past and future light.

“Our residency with the Museum of Homelessness has so much potential to create transformative and impactful change in a climate where our audiences are marginalised. It’s an honour and privilege to tell these stories together collaboratively.”

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