Panorama was a project working with people who have experienced homelessness a with partner/host organisation The Booth Centre. Combining visual art, songwriting and performance, we made scrolled artworks (Moving Panorama’s) inspired by the collection at The People’s History Museum
Our aim was to find creative ways to embed history & creative writing into artwork and art & music into history, allowing participants to inhabit another skin, to see themselves in new ways.
Artist Lois Blackburn worked with songwriter Matt Hill (The Quiet Loner)
One member of our group had previously slept in the doorway of the museum, another commented on how he had walked past looking through the window- but never feeling confident enough to go in. We made research trips to the museum, and performed the new collection of songs and scrolled artworks to the public at The People’s History Museum on 11th June, part of the Manchester Histories Festival, and displayed the project part of People’s History Museum, Represent! exhibition.
The new sense of ownership, being part of the story and of belonging in the museum that came out of the project was one of our achievements. The theme ‘Struggle’ (personal & political) came from the museum, a theme that ran through all the work made together.
20 minute film
140 people at The Booth Centre Manchester. Aged 18- 65
The Booth Centre, Manchester, The People’s History Museum, Manchester
Photo portfolio from the project
Exhibitions and performances
June 2018 The Booth Centre, Manchester. Audience 40+
June 2018 All Saint’s Park, Manchester, as part of the Manchester Histories Festival. Audience 35+
June 2018- Jan 19 The People’s History Museum, Manchester. Audience approx. 81,000
Panorama project is supported by Arts Council England, The Booth Centre, The People’s History Museum and Manchester Histories Festival.