Big Issue vendor Will Payne’s collage work, which includes some pieces made from the pages of The Big Issue, is a central part of the exhibition.
“My art is the art of resistance,” said Payne, who also does spoken word performances and is a self-styled “performance poet novelist”.
“Making art to me is a voice for everything I feel inside and what I want to project outside from inside myself. That’s why I do environmental protest art because I’ve lived in lots of protest camps. I love what Bosh does, there’s no other place I’d like my art to be in than somewhere that ties in all my philosophies on everything.
“It’s wonderful to have my work on show because Bosh is right in the heart of town and Bosh is something I very much believe in. So does everyone from The Big Issue office, who are all fantastic by the way.”
Big Issue vendors worked with local artist Michaela Adamcova to develop their art skills ahead of the exhibition.
The 30-year-old, who is originally from the Czech Republic, helped vendors over two sessions, working around their time spent selling the magazine.
Julie Dempster, Bosh’s founding director, said there are already plans for more exhibitions in future.
“We hear so much negative press about homelessness, about being homeless and we wanted to do something positive in the hub,” said Dempster.
“Everyone we approached actually said they’d never had the opportunity to display their artwork before and it has been absolutely amazing just to see the joy on people’s faces when they see their artwork on the walls.
“Self-esteem is really important but art, as we know, is very good for people’s mental ill health and it gives people a sense of worth and makes them feel part of the community.”
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