As part of the Women Ageing Well campaign, the Women's Electoral Lobby (WEL) has partnered with internationally renowned human rights artist Belinda Mason of Blur Projects in a collaborative multi-media arts project UNSEEN. UNSEEN project is a key project of WEL's lobbying program to prioritise women in government's responses to women's homelessness.
UNSEEN shares the hidden experiences of women’s homelessness, offering women who have or are experiencing homelessness an opportunity to collaborate with artists and advocates to generate greater public awareness of women’s homelessness. Based on WEL's deep subject matter expertise, and partnerships with women's social service and housing organisations, together with the professional expertise of executive committee member and Women Ageing Well campaign chair, Dr Jane Bullen, UNSEEN is connected to a network of women's social service and rights organisations to inform the monthly program of artistic work.
During one week each month between March and December 2021 a mobile tiny house will be positioned on location in Sydney’s CBD. The tiny house represents the security, safety, and individual freedom women have when they have a place to call home. The tiny house serves as a reminder of the ebodiement of what it is to have a place to call home, and as a mobile venue for Belinda Mason and other artistic collaborators to exhibit and be on site with their artistic works. Keep in touch with the monthly locations by checking in with the calendar of events as they are revealed.
The first location is adjacent to Customs House Circular Quay each weekday from 8 – 12 March (8am-5pm). The first installation will be of a car wrapped in images of women and their real-life stories who have or currently live in their cars due to being homeless. April's installation and exhibition of UNSEEN commences Sunday 11-Friday 16 April in Martin Place (between Pitt and Castlereagh streets), with the launch of the UNSEEN tiny house, supported by a program of artists works and performances. The program in April will focus on Young women's experiences of homlessness and sexual assault.
Their circumstances and experiences have important individual components, and common characteristics. Many have had their circumstances exacerbated by COVID-19. In addition to the Tiny House program, UNSEEN's photographs, videos, and artistic creations will be exhibited at NSW Parliament House from 2nd to 27th August 2021.
WEL is proud of this significant partnership and invites members of the public, politicians and community leaders to engage in this project, promote across communities, and appreciate the individuals and the collective significance of women’s homelessness.
FIND OUT WHERE THE TINY HOUSE will be located each month – VISIT, ENGAGE AND PROMOTE understanding of women’s homelessness. https://unseen.house/
WEL thanks the City of Sydney for support of UNSEEN through the CBD Activation Grant, and other partners organisations who encourage women to participate and advocate for this serious social issue. If you'd like to learn more about the UNSEEN project, to become a supporter or partner please contact [email protected].