Luke Jerram’s stunning, fragile glass sculpture tells a story of vulnerable lives and hidden situations.
The life size glass sleeping figure was made by Luke Jerram
as part of an Arts Council funded residency at the Glass Hub UK
Here at 1625 Independent People (1625ip), we hope it will help highlight that the homelessness you can "see" is only the tip of the iceberg.
Street homelessness is on the rise again having fallen for a number of years and as the problem lands literally on our doorsteps – it’s becoming difficult to ignore.
The haunting glass figure reminds us that the vast majority of over 500 young people we support at any given time come to us while living in temporary, unsafe, insecure housing on borrowed time, when the next step is the street. They are homeless already – you just can’t see them.
Artist Luke Jerram explains:
“For every person you see sleeping on the streets, there are many others sleeping in hostels, squats and other forms of unsatisfactory and insecure accommodation. I was interested to see whether the sculpture would be ignored and treated like street furniture as homeless people often are in a city. I hope the artwork will raise awareness of the problem and that the public will feel moved to support the charity, to make a difference.”
“When you are homeless you are invisible - you have no home, nothing to do, no money, no one asks your name or how you got there. People stop seeing you as a human being – you’re just a thing slumped on the floor”
Quote from a 1625ip ex-service user aged 24.
As a youth homelessness charity with over 30 years' experience, we know that the most effective way to reduce homelessness is to support people earlier on, rather than waiting until their situation is at breaking point.
This Christmas we are launching our “Early Doors
” campaign to raise the funds we need to help young people earlier; through mediation with families, landlords and advice services we help them to avoid the homelessness route altogether. Last year, the work of just one and a half staff successfully stopped 74 young people from ending up on the streets of Bristol by getting to them early doors.
It costs roughly £15 per week to provide prevention services, compared to £60 per week to provide supported housing services to young people who are already in crisis.
Please help us fund this hugely important work to invest in our young people’s lives, to stop the hidden homeless becoming the invisible homeless figures so often ignored in the doorways around our city.
In the UK, 150,000 young people presented to their local authority last year who were insecurely housed; only 83,000 accessed services – many turned away because they weren’t deemed a priority. Centrepoint UK claim the situation is actually much worse, but with your help we can reach these young people who are currently slipping through the net.
Text "DOOR15 £10" or however much you can afford to 70070 to make a difference today or consider a small donation every month so we can plan for this work into the future : http://bit.ly/DOORS2015
Pilar Garcia, Funding and Communication Manager
Tel: 07956 306 492
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