Glasgow hosts interactive exhibition for global homeless

Digital agency Equator has partnered with an international charity to create the world’s first exhibition celebrating the creativity and social impact of street papers worldwide.

It includes an immersive video, taking you through the streets of London to hear the story of a vendor, and an installation called ‘the switch’ that uses facial recognition technology and is designed to recreate the feeling of invisibility that vendors can experience.

Launching as part of INSP’s (International Network of Street Papers) #VendorWeek 2017, the exhibition – ‘UNCOVERED: still homeless, still an issue’ – will be the first time that audiences have had the opportunity to explore the design of street papers and the story behind the global street paper movement.

The free, interactive exhibition created in partnership with Equator, starts with a launch event on the evening of Thursday, 9 February and will be open to the public from 10 February – 9 April at The Lighthouse in Glasgow.

Chief creative officer of Equator, James Jefferson, said: “The heart of the street paper network is in Glasgow but its reach is truly global – bringing dignity and hope to people all over the world. As a global business, also headquartered in here Glasgow, we’re immensely proud to be able to play a part in their story.”

TBI_Serban-Macanu_12INSP is made up of 110 street papers across the globe, with its headquarters in Glasgow. #VendorWeek is INSP’s annual, global celebration of the 10,000 men and women who are currently selling street papers.

Maree Aldam, chief executive of INSP said: “At INSP we are wowed by the creativity of street papers on a daily basis. This unique exhibition is an opportunity for everyone to share that feeling.

“We hope visitors will come away from the exhibition with a sense of the strength of the street paper movement across the world. By challenging people’s preconceptions, we believe we can encourage respect for the men and women who sell street papers.

“We hope that people will leave the Lighthouse filled with pride in Glasgow and its place at the heart of a global network for social change. And – most importantly – we hope that they will be inspired to go and seek out a vendor to buy their magazine.”

The exhibition will launch on Thursday, 9 February. Tickets are available for the launch night, as well as events throughout the exhibition.

‘UNCOVERED: still homeless, still an issue’ runs from 10 February to 9 April at The Lighthouse, Glasgow