The community of Manchester joined forces and tapped up their artistic streak to paint a new thought-provoking masterpiece. Almost 40 people who are or have been homeless co-created a mural with two local artists and the renowned New York activist and street artist, Joel Bergner. Inspired by Bergner’s signature style, the public art piece is beaming with colour with the intention to generate a buzz in the city.
The collaborative painting project addresses the critical issues of homelessness, creating positive public awareness and telling a powerful story. Giving a voice to the homeless, the mural brings light to their creative talents and enables self-expression in telling their individual stories.
The newly unveiled mural has officially been named The Doodle on Ducie Street, kicking off the opening of the International Arts and Homelessness Summit and Festival. Taking place November 12th – 18th, arts projects, artists who have experienced homelessness, policy makers, academics and funders will come together. Over the seven days the use of arts in the homeless sector will be celebrated, and this uplifting masterpiece is worth a visit.