Cultural spaces around the world – galleries, museums, libraries – are fulfilling more of a civic role and want to be more than a space for culture. Despite often high levels of homelessness around cultural spaces, there is no shared practice in how to work with people who are, or have been, homeless.
AHI commissioned a Review of Cultural Spaces’ Responses to Homelessness by Phyllida Shaw, containing case studies of 40 cultural spaces and the journeys they have gone through to work more closely with homeless people.
These findings were developed into a Toolkit and Training Package, in partnership with Museum of Homelessness, and were piloted with Tate Modern and Manchester Museum.
When COVID struck, we shifted our training online and have established a Peer Network of cultural spaces and a group of co-creators who will become trainers in readiness for spaces to reopen.