Street+Gallery is a long-term outreach project that aims to include homeless people in a creative relationship with the National Galleries of Scotland.

Developed in partnership with The Ark Trust, a support service for homeless people and those at risk of homelessness in Edinburgh and its surrounding area, Street+Gallery has grown out of a 2004 pilot project, The Street Looks at the Town, which also involved The Ark’s clients.

From 4th April to 4th May 2008 an exhibition of artwork produced on this two-year project was shown in the Scottish National Gallery. Work on display represented the three strands of the project including

  • creative writing from the Over 50’s group in response to the history of Edinburgh’s ‘Old Town’
  • paintings and works on paper produced by members of the women’s group, Space 44, produced with guidance from artists Juliana Capes and Ann McCluskey
  • collaborative work by artists Gavin Lockhart and Mian Tze Kng, who have engaged service users of The Ark in video and wall-drawing projects

This exhibition demonstrated the commitment of the participants from Edinburgh’s homeless community to accessing the collections and facilities in NGS. The project has involved hundreds of workshops, gallery tours and several longer artists’ residencies, and has produced moving creative responses based on these opportunities to engage with our art.

We are proud to present the results of this project serving the homeless community, who are often excluded from their cultural heritage and denied the means to express their ideas and creativity.