Whisper to me alone (2020)

WHISPER TO ME ALONE will gather experiences and insights of people who have experienced homelessness in Manchester during lockdown, using journals of writing, art and song lyrics. 

We will invite words and images reflecting people’s day-to-day lives and their wider thoughts too. Inspiration will come from journals and sketchbooks of the 19th Century, including people from that time with experience of homelessness. Although lockdown is difficult, positive things can come from crisis and we’ll try to look for the brightness, turn our faces to the sun. (In fact, artworks from this project will also feed into our global quilt Here Comes the Sun.

“I have looked down the saddest city lane.” part of the Homeless Library Project

Words and images from the journals, will be shared online to make a many-voiced account of this time and will later appear in a gallery exhibition. Some will be adapted into songs by songwriter Matt Hill, and recorded together with participants over the phone. 

This project has received emergency response funding from Arts Council England, to respond to the Covid 19 lockdown.

“… a hare paused amid the gorse and trembling bellflowers and said its prayer to the rainbow…”

Arthur Rimbaud (translation John Ashberry)

WHISPER TO ME ALONE is supported by Arts Council England,  The Booth Centre, Back on Track and Bury Art Museum. Partners include The Booth Centre, Back on Track, Bury Art Museum and With One Voice arts and homeless sector global network.

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