Art exhibition created by Cornwall’s homeless to open in White River Place

Thu 9th November 2017

An art exhibition showcasing work created by Cornwall’s homeless community will be opening in a unit at White River Place Shopping Centre in St Austell on November 13th. 

The exhibition is part of the ‘Let’s end street homelessness in Cornwall’ campaign which is run by St Petroc’s Society and debuted at Truro Cathedral on October 11th. 

It features a range of artwork created by clients during volunteer-led workshops.  St Petroc’s Society provides assistance to many people who find themselves homeless each year by providing accommodation and resettlement services, support, training and advice to single homeless people in Cornwall.  

The ‘Let’s end street homelessness in Cornwall’ campaign started as a response to the number of street homeless rising by 50 per cent to 99 in 2016, meaning Cornwall has the third highest number of street homeless in the country.  

The exhibition has given the clients of St Petroc’s Society a chance to express themselves during a challenging time in their lives. Their artwork will be on display at various locations in Cornwall until March 2018 when the pieces will go up for auction.  

Jayne Howard of ArtsWell, who has been involved with this campaign, said: “It is marvelous to see people who are living in the most difficult circumstances still finding the time and energy to explore their creative potential. 

“There is growing evidence of the role that the arts can play in improving mental health and well-being, finding ways to express emotions and thoughts that maybe difficult to articulate in other ways. 

“Some people also speak of how concentrating on making art relaxes them, calms them down or takes them to a different place. Others find that developing new skills helps them build confidence.” 

The exhibition will be on display to the public in Unit K bordering South Square, opposite the car park entrance, at White River Place from November 13th – 20th with opening times to be confirmed. 

The exhibition will then move on to St Austell Library in January 2018. 

 Richard Hurst, Manager of White River Place Shopping Centre, said: “We are very pleased to be able to provide a gallery space for St Petroc’s Society’s ‘Let’s end street homelessness in Cornwall’ exhibition space here in the town centre. 

 “All of us here at White River Place are proud to support such a great event and important organisation. We’re also excited to see the wonderful variety of artwork that will go on display and encourage members of the public to come and enjoy it too.  

 “St Petroc’s Society does an absolutely amazing job providing people with the opportunity to take stock and rebuild their lives. We hope White River Place and the community of St Austell can come together and support this exhibition and celebrate the many works on show.” 

 For more information about the campaign, including dates and locations of the exhibition, visit: https://itstimetoact.co.uk/ For more information about White River Place  follow the centre on Facebook at www.facebook.com/whiteriverplace or on Twitter @Whiteriverplace 

 Photography by Jody Woolcock



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