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Anthony Luvera: Taking Place

Saturday 11th January 2020 9am - Saturday 29th February 2020 6pm 107 Charing Cross Road Exhibition, Free Event

Artist Anthony Luvera has collaborated with many individuals who have experienced homelessness in cities and towns across the UK for over fifteen years—in places such as Belfast, Brighton, Colchester, and in boroughs all over London. Through this process he has collated thousands of photographs, videos, sound recordings and texts, created with or by participants. These works tell stories about individual experiences, and the systems and services that shape people’s everyday lives.


In this new exhibition Anthony Luvera: Taking Place cultural placemakers Futurecity present two bodies of Luvera’s work: Photographs from Assembly (2013 – 2014) and responses from Frequently Asked Questions (2014 – ongoing). This work invites you to consider the narratives and dimensions that can be shared through a collaborative approach to creating art. In Foyles, stories take place across six floors—Taking Place gives agency to Luvera’s collaborators to tell their own.


For Assembly, commissioned by Brighton Photo Fringe, Luvera invited individuals associated with the area’s First Base Day Centre and the Phase One Project to create photographs and sound recordings of the places, people and events that captivated them. Eventually, some of those participants worked with Luvera on the development of Assisted Self-Portraits. The photographs that resulted have been framed and edited with collaboration from their protagonists, upending the traditional photography process and empowering the portraitist themselves.

Frequently Asked Questions is a research work that focuses on the impact of homelessness at the national level, demonstrating the true scale of the crisis through an individual’s navigation of bureaucratic and depersonalising centres of authority. Stemming from a parallel enquiry conducted over the past five years with Gerald Mclaverty, a participant of Assembly, it presents responses from 110 local authorities across the UK, based on questions arising from Gerald’s own experience of homelessness.


Homelessness in the United Kingdom is on the rise. At the start of 2020 at least one out of every 200 people in England is living without permanent or safe accommodation. Homeless deaths have increased by 20% in England and Wales over the last year. On December 7, 2019, 60 cities participated in the World’s Big Sleep Out to call attention to the urgency of the crisis. There has been a significant response from communities, who have set up shelters and Streets Kitchens in public spaces across the United Kingdom. Sustained campaigning from Crisis resulted in the Homelessness Reduction Act coming into force in 2018. Despite this, 91% of local authorities in the UK did not respond to basic questions about homelessness when contacted.



6:30pm – 8:30pm, Monday 13th January 2020

Anthony Luvera: Taking Place – Exhibition Launch and Private Viewing.

Head to the Gallery at Foyles on Level 5, to hear from Anthony Luvera on the inspiration for the works displayed as part of Taking Place, and be one of the first to glimpse this stunning new exhibition. Tickets are Free but strictly limited so please make a reservation by following the link to Eventbrite here.



9:30am - 5:30pm, Thursday 27th February 2020 - Auditorium, Level 6, Foyles Charing Cross Rd

Taking Place: A Day of Talks on Homelessness and Housing Justice

This event will bring together a range of speakers, including artists, activists, academics, and people working in the homelessness support and housing sector, to discuss and better understand the issues our society currently faces when dealing with homelessness, housing precarity, and housing justice.


Speakers include:


Anthony Luvera, Artist, writer and educator

Matt and Jess Turtle, Co-Founders, Museum of Homelessness

Prof. Nicholas Crowson, Professor of Contemporary British History, University of Birmingham

Amy McDonnell, Curator, Researcher and Campaigner

Samir Jeraj, Co-author of the Rent Trap and Journalist at The New Statesman

Bekki Perriman, Artist

Cllr. Diarmaid Ward, Executive Member, Housing & Development, Islington Council

Dr. Owen Clayton, Senior Lecturer, School of English and Journalism, University of Lincoln

David Thomas, Legal Officer, Brighton and Hove Housing Coalition


Tickets are Free but strictly limited so please make a reservation by following the link to Eventbrite here.



6:30pm - 7pm, Thursday 27th February 2020 - Gallery at Foyles, Level 5, Foyles Charing Cross Rd

Taking Place: A Performance by The Choir With No Name

The Choir With No Name are one of London's leading choirs for homeless and marginalised people. Join us for a beautiful evening of music inside Anthony Luvera: Taking Place at The Gallery at Foyles, this is sure to be enjoyable and ear-opening event!

Tickets are Free but strictly limited so please make a reservation by following the link to Eventbrite here.



Join the conversation:

#AnthonyLuvera #Assembly #FrequentlyAskedQuestions #TheGalleryatFoyles

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@Anthony_Luvera @our_MoH @futurecityblog  


This exhibition and The Gallery at Foyles is curated by cultural placemaking agency Futurecity.

Click here for more information about The Gallery at Foyles



Tickets: Free entry to exhibition, no booking required. For the private viewing event on Monday 13th January, please reserve your ticket by following the link to Eventbrite.

Venue: The Gallery at Foyles, Level 5 107 Charing Cross Road

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