Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Debate on working in support of homeless and vulnerable people: the value of the arts

Shelter Cymru & Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea, invite you to attend an afternoon debate on Friday 20th November 2:30 - 4:30pm to discuss: "Working in support of homeless & vulnerable people: the role and value of the arts."

The discussion will be kicked off by presentations from the distinguished panel: Matt Peacock, Chief Executive Streetwise Opera; John Puzey: Director Shelter Cymru & Margaret Jervis, Council member, Arts Council of Wales; Carl Chapel, Cymorth Cymru and Cyrenians Cymru. Broadcaster, Nicola Heywood Thomas will be chairing the debate.

Streetwise Opera works with homeless people on a year round basis in 11 Homeless centres in England and has just been awarded the 'Music in the Community Award' by The Times. The panel will be asked for their thoughts on how we might achieve higher provision and recognition for art initiatives in Wales.

The audience will also have the opportunity to pose questions to the panel and hear about innovative art projects that are already working with and making a difference to the lives of homeless people.

Taliesin is host to the remarkable music & film installation commissioned by Streetwise Opera and homeless people in 2008. My Secret Heart was written by electronic composer and Warp artist Mira Calix, video artists Flat-e and sound designer Dave Sheppard. They worked with around 100 Streetwise performers from across the UK to create a unique work that is being shown around the world. People attending the debate can view the work from 1:30pm at no cost (booking essential).

There will be a public "performance at 7.30pm. (Wales premiere- tickets £5).


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