By VIEW editor Brian Pelan
It is often said that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, it’s time we started speaking more openly about the horrendous scourge of homelessness in Belfast and beyond.
A powerful new photography exhibition (organised by the Westcourt Centre, Barrack Street, Belfast) on display at Artcetera Studio, Rosemary Street, Belfast, as part of the Four Corners Festival, aims to encourage people to do just that.
Members of the Westcourt Camera Club worked alongside residents in supported accommodation in Rosemount House on the Antrim Road, to produce a series of photographs which aim to increase awareness of and prompt discussion around the grim reality of homelessness in our city.
“The theme of this year’s Four Corners Festival is ‘Dreams’. No one ever dreams that they will end up homeless,” said Westcourt Centre Director, Cormac McArt.
“But the latest figures show that we have almost 24,500 households with homeless status. And last year we had 6,700 children and 3,481 families accepted as homeless,” he said.
The exhibition at Artcetera Studio, 43B Rosemary Street, ends on Sunday, February 5.