Inspirational People is a collaboration between The Booth Centre, Manchester, and photographer Matt Priestley to create an exhibition which celebrates the strengths of people who have experienced homelessness.

Portraits. At its core the project features individuals who visit The Booth Centre. Each participant has posed for a portrait that captures his or her individuality. They show a proper sense of pride in who they are and what they have achieved.

Artwork. Alongside each picture is a piece of artwork, poetry, or prose, which showcases their artistic abilities. Many of them contain messages of hope that they would like to share with the public.

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Changing Labels. People who are homeless are often labelled by the media and by society using derogatory language which defines them as problems; “beggars”, “rough sleepers”, “drug users” or “alcoholics”. In this exhibition, the people in the portraits have chosen titles for themselves which describe their unique personalities. They tell the world how they would like to be seen.

The portraits and the artworks are in stark contrast to the usual media depictions of homelessness. All too often they feature black-and-white images of people begging or sleeping in doorways. They portray people as faceless victims with no individuality. They tend to focus on rough sleeping and don’t show the bigger picture. Which is that people from all walks of life can find themselves homeless. Although some may end up on the streets, very few of them will ever resort to begging. Many more live in hostels or sofa-surf with friends. And most importantly, people are climbing out of homelessness every day. Rebuilding their lives. Making positive contributions to their communities.

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The Booth Centre has been assisting those affected by homelessness in Manchester for over twenty years. It’s mission - to bring about positive change in the lives of people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, helping them plan for, and, realise a better future. As part of this mission the Centre runs an innovative Arts Programme which enables the artists to express their talents and develop artistically. www.boothcentre.org.uk

Matt Priestley has worked as a free-lance photographer for the last twenty years. Prior to that he worked for ten years in statutory social work in Greater Manchester. He has run photography projects with a variety of public and charitable organizations who support and advocate for vulnerable groups. The projects have encouraged participants to document and reflect on their lives, learn key aspects of the photographic process, and stage exhibitions of their work in public spaces and art venues. www.manchesterprpictures.com.

All photography remains the copyright of Matthew Priestley Photography ltd.

Forthcoming exhibition venues and dates-

Manchester Airport Rail Hub 18th Feb-18th Mar 2019

Lloyds Bank Business Hub, Market St, Manchester 18th Mar-18th Apr 2019

 

Thank you to our Sponsors

IN-KIND SUPPORT

Matt Priestley is not charging for his photography-www.manchesterprpictures.com

Matt Priestley is not
charging for his photography-www.manchesterprpictures.com

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Eric Tilley, of Tilley and Associates,
is providing free graphic design-www.tilleyandassociates.co.uk

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AsOne, Business Digital Development are providing a free website and hosting-www.asone.co.uk

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Network Rail are providing the exhibition space for free-www.networkrail.co.uk

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MATT PRIESTLEY

A free-lance photographer for the last twenty years. Prior to that, he worked for ten years in statutory social work in Greater Manchester. He has run photography projects with a variety of public and charitable organizations over the years who support and advocate for vulnerable groups. The projects have encouraged participants to document and reflect on their lives, learn key aspects of the photographic process, and stage exhibitions of their work in public spaces and prestigious art venues.

THE BOOTH CENTRE

The Booth Centre has been assisting those affected by homelessness in Manchester for over twenty years.
Its mission – to bring about positive change in the lives of people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, helping them plan for, and, realise a better future. As part of this mission the Centre runs an innovative Arts Programme which enables the artists to express their talents and develop artistically.