The Creative Space programme started in July 2010, following a well-publicised re-launch of Arlington as a new model for dealing with homelessness in the UK, with One Housing Group running the hostel, new body of luminous public figures as its trustees, and an endorsement of people such as Tracy Emin and London’s Mayor, Boris Johnson.
The programme aims to examine a role that art can play in engaging the disengaged and in challenging social stigmas about homelessness. It is managed by SPACE, the country’s largest studio provider for visual artists, producing dynamic environments, which engage individuals and communities in creative processes. It was was established by Ania Dabrowska, who was the programme’s first SPACE artist in residence (2010-2012).
In two years, Ania Dabrowska developed two bodies of work: photographic series House of Homeless (Arlington Portraits), (Photography and Text, 2010-2012), a multi media project Lebanese Archive of Diab Alkarssifi (Artist’s Book, Photography, Online Archive, 2013 – work in progress), delivered weekly workshops for Arlington residents, curated two exhibitions (House of Homeless, Arlington, London, 2012, Satellite Projects, SPACE, London, 2011), delivered artist talks, (incl. ICA’s/Goldsmiths College conference, Cities in Conflict, 2011, PhotoVoice’s talk Can Photography Change Society at the London Art Fair, 2012, and hosted multiple events at the fabulously large Arlington studio. The programme has attracted visits by prominent public figures, politicians, artists and celebrities, including HRH Prince Charles, Mayors of Camden, French embassy representatives, and other international social engagement programmes. To explore full archive of documentation, visit Events and Collaborations section of this blog.
For information about the programme’s further development and artists currently working at Arlington, visit SPACE website.
For more information about upcoming shows of work developed here, visit Ania Dabrowska website.
“When I moved to Arlington, I was angry all the time, I could never sleep, I had nothing to do, I was lost. Since starting these workshops, it feels as if I had a job, because I have something to do every week, I have a purpose.
My mind is occupied, I have things to think about… I have to tell you again – coming here has really changed my life.” Resident’s comment