Shelter WA’s end-of-year celebration and official opening of STREET TO STREET, a 400-piece sculptural installation took place at Artsource, Fremantle on Thursday, 16 December 2021.
The sculptural installation challenges institutional boundaries by giving voice to people with Lived Experience of Housing Insecurity and Homelessness, through direct participation in a community-based arts project.
These works were created during a 16-week Artist-in-Residency with Deborah Ralph-Kafarela hosted by Shelter WA in collaboration with three Homelessness Engagement Hubs St Pat’s (Fremantle), the Ruah Centre (Northbridge) and Uniting WA’s Tranby Centre (East Perth).
Shelter WA would like to thank the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, Lotterywest and the City of Perth for their support of this work.
Stage Two of the project will be a community led sculptural installation leading to a larger permanent housing art project. This is reflective of the American artist Rick Lowe’s Project Row Houses. This project will use art as an engine for social transformation.
It is anticipated it will involve a ‘readymade’ creative housing art project to refurbish and maintain existing social housing and convert vacant buildings into diverse forms of affordable housing. Stage Two is subject to receiving a larger artist-in-residency grant.
The exhibition is open to the public. From Friday, 17 December to midday on Tuesday, 21 December at Artsource, Old Customs House, 1/8 Phillimore St, Fremantle.