Make sure to visit this bold, powerful new
street art, commissioned and developed through the CHAMPIONS research project (coordinated by University College London &
De Montfort University (DMU)), in partnership with Graffwerk and
renowned artist VOYDER, on the DMU campus.
There are nearly 600,000 children in the UK
who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Children under five in temporary
accommodation are uniquely invisible; their exclusion and isolation has worsened
through the COVID-19 pandemic, with a lack of appropriate housing carrying
significant consequences for their health, well-being, education, and development. The CHAMPIONS project works with families with children under five living
in temporary accommodation to share their experiences and champion the message
that ‘every child needs a home to be safe, healthy, and educated’.
VOYDER will create the artwork in situ from
7-14 September and it will be available to view for the duration of the
Festival, and as timelapse on Vijay Patel Building Screen (16-17 September).
You are welcome to stop by and watch the work in progress, though please
observe any safety precautions in place.
This work can be viewed in conjunction with
the “Child Homelessness: Sharing the Voices of the Unheard” exhibition on
display Tuesday 13 September.