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Exhibition puts homeless issue in the picture

Cllr Jeremy Birch at the Seaview Project Art Exhibition at Hastings Museum and Art Gallery

Cllr Jeremy Birch at the Seaview Project Art Exhibition at Hastings Museum and Art Gallery

A POIGNANT exhibition of images of homeless people who have used the Seaview Project has gone on display.

The No Labels display features a collection of photographs of faces of those who have used the charity.

It aims to examine the true potential of the individual rather and break down stereotypes of the homeless.

Launched earlier this month at the Hastings Museum by the council leader Jeremy Birch, it will run until March 8.

The images were taken and captured by John Stiles.

He said: “The idea behind the exhibition was to try and show the viewers the character and personality of the people who visit Seaview, to look beyond labels and see the individual.”

The council counted 15 people living rough on the streets last year during a borough survey.

Councillor Birch said: “No Labels is really what it’s all about. You are encouraged to look at the person in the photo. Some of their faces are weather beaten and they have a lot of character.

“We often see this group of people as a problem but not as an individual.

“One of the men in the photographs came up to me and said: ‘that’s my family’.

“We have too many people on our streets and we are working to prevent them becoming homeless in the first place, that is the key.”

Seaview Project services manager Sue Burgess said: “We hope the exhibition will go some way in raising awareness of the issues faced by the people who use the Seaview Project. We hope it will break down barriers and challenge commonly held preconceptions.”

 

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