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Art Editorial

tommybridge.jpg Homelessness is where the art is
 

The blight of homelessness is explored in a fascinating new exhibition which is running at five different venues around Newcastle.

Since the Conservatives took the reigns of power in 2010 rough sleeping has increased by 169%, so it seems a particular pertinent time to launch this exhibition which has been put together by the Homeless History of Newcastle Project and Crisis Skylight. ‘Missing Pieces’ will feature rarely seen documents and photographs from the archives (such as this 1906 postcard showing Thomas Ferens, better known as Tommy on the Bridge), as well as personal stories from past and present, to find out what history can tell us about the on-going homelessness crisis in Britain. It aims to provide us with a poignant glimpse into the lives and experiences of those who have been homeless in and around Newcastle.

Missing Pieces can be seen at Newcastle City Library, St. Nicholas’ Cathedral, Discovery Museum, Laing Art Gallery and Bessie Surtees House. It launches on 22 February and is due to run for at least six weeks.