Arts & Homelessness International
Streetwise Opera founded With One Voice, which has since been rebranded as Arts & Homelessness International, a movement which is building the arts and homelessness sector globally through exchanges in policy and practice.
Arts & Homelessness International focuses on strengthening existing projects, helping new projects to start, raising awareness of the role of arts in homelessness support and influencing policy.
The movement was born out of an event at the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad where we brought together 300 performers affected by homelessness; this was the first time in Olympic history that homeless people were given a platform to celebrate their achievements.
Following a successful series of exchanges between arts and homelessness initiatives in the UK and Brazil, we supported a programme involving homeless performers which was part of the Rio Cultural Olympiad in 2016. Significant artistic, social and policy impacts and a global consultation showed a need for a movement which connected, supported and strengthened arts and homelessness projects around the world.
Arts & Homelessness International has commissioned research and delivered work in Brazil, Japan, USA, Canada and Scotland. In 2018 we produced the first ever international arts and homelessness summit and festival in Manchester, attended by 250 delegates from 15 countries. Festival events and exhibitions reached audiences of over 100,000 people.
The project became an independent organisation in April 2019, marking the departure of Streetwise Opera founder Matt Peacock, who left Streetwise Opera to lead the new charity.
The two organisations retain close links, and as a leading organisation in the arts and homelessness sector, Streetwise Opera is now an active member of the Arts & Homelessness International movement.
Arts & Homelessness International is funded by Macquarie Group Foundation, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and supported by Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation UK Branch. Individual projects are supported by Arts Council England, Crisis, National Lottery Community Fund and Art Fund.
Arts & Homelessness International is currently working in partnership with Coventry UK City of Culture.