Get Creative: arts for all

Creating opportunities for people experiencing homelessness to access the arts.

Cafe Art's Big Draw event at Spitalfields Market.

Get Creative: arts for all works across England to increase opportunities for people experiencing homelessness to access the arts.

This may be through participation in creative activitities within a homelessness hostel or day centre, or through engaging in arts and cultural activities and events in the local community. We have a strong focus on building bridges between homelessness and arts sectors, helping to develop partnerships that can result in inspiring and sustainable creative projects.

Why arts?

Creative activity offers many benefits to people who take part in it. It can increase confidence, self-esteem and social skills, and it can provide opportunities for future education, training and employment. The arts provide inspiration and motivation for change as well as a positive channel for self-expression. It is particularly valuable for people who may struggle with more conventional forms of communication.

Through Get Creative, we work to ensure that the benefits of creative activity are not overlooked, particularly as homelessness services face increasing pressures on their time and resources.

We have teamed up with award-winning charity Streetwise Opera to deliver free workshops on the successful delivery of arts activities within the homelessness sector. Get in touch if you're interested in a workshop for your area.

Support for organisations and artists

We support organisations to continue to deliver their activities, focussing on innovative solutions to the barriers and problems they may face. We can provide structured support around all aspects of activity delivery as well as support homelessness agencies to build strong and lasting partnerships with local artists and arts organisations. 

We will support artists and arts organisations to increase their understanding of homelessness and engage positively with homeless people in their local community. Please contact us if you are an artist or arts organisation who would like this support. 

Get Creative: arts for all is funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Get Creative: arts for all - resources for homelessness services

An overview of this tried and tested approach to setting up arts activities in your service, plus a wide range of essential forms and templates to help you get started.


Get Creative: arts for all - position paper

Drawing on research and good practice gathered as part of our arts project, Get Creative: Arts for All, this short briefing presents and celebrates the value of creative and cultural activities for people who become homeless.


Talk To Us

Tasmin Maitland

Head of Innovation and Good Practice

Tasmin leads our Innovation and Good Practice team, managing a range of projects including Effective Action guidance and the Hostels Action Learning Series.

Telephone: 020 7840 4451
Twitter: @Tasmin_IGP

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