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Homelessness highlighted at Lismore event tonight

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The HOME project is a collaboration between NORPA and Southern Cross University. (Image created by Amy Shaw featuring photo by Karla Dickens).
The HOME project is a collaboration between NORPA and Southern Cross University. (Image created by Amy Shaw featuring photo by Karla Dickens).

An audio-visual installation exploring homelessness will be beamed onto the side of the Lismore City Hall tonight.

The HOME project, created by Bronwyn Purvis and Karla Dickens, was created from a three year partnership between NORPA and Southern Cross University.

The Lismore display coincides with the project’s international launch.

It is also being presented to audiences at the Austrlaian Pavilion at the Praque Quadrennial of Design and Space until 28 June.

Page MP Kevin Hogan and Southern Cross University’s Grayson Cooke will be speaking at tonight’s Lismore display.

Those attending can also listen to The HOME Project radio documentaries, watch a short video of the Winsome Hotel 2013 event and see exhibition images from the project’s history.

The project began in 2011 with an interactive art exhibition and culminated in a multimedia event in 2013 centred around the iconic Winsome Hotel, its residents and the Lismore soup kitchen.

Winsome Management Committee president Mieke Bell, had expressed a wish to see members of the general community welcomed back into the Winsome, once a live music venue, now home of the Lismore Soup Kitchen and Bridge St Cafe.

And so the 2013 event was borne of a collaboration between 2013 Project Director Bronwyn Purvis, artists Jim Hearn, Karla Dickens, Jamie Birrell, and Peter Lehner together with the Winsome community.

Creative workshops took place over six months exploring storytelling, poetry, live music jams, soundscapes, cooking, hospitality, theatrical choir, visual art, photography and installation.

People are asked to be at the Lismore City Hall at 5.30pm for a 6pm launch. The installation will run until 8pm. Hot soup will be served, with proceeds going to the soup kitchen.

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