People of the Pavement is a project aimed at raising awareness about the homeless situation in Melbourne – to shine a light on our community members who have been forgotten and left by the wayside.
Through large-scale portraiture, I want to remove the layer of ignorance and anonymity and connect exhibition visitors with the human beings in each of these portraits.
Coming face-to-face with my art can be confronting, but it’s real, and I hope it will have an impact on everyone who sees the exhibition.
When I came back to Melbourne last year from abroad, I was shocked by the increased numbers of people living on our city streets. In a city that has always prided itself on its community support and ‘lend a hand’ attitude, it frustrated and upset me to see things getting worse on my home turf.
I watched person after person blatantly ignore their fellow man. No eye contact, no communication, just getting on with the day, refusing to acknowledge the suffering at their side.
I wanted to help in a way that could make an impact – to bring light to these untold stories and unseen faces – through art.
On the opening night, I’m holding an auction of three of the pieces with 100% of the profits going to the Salvation Army to help them in their fight against homelessness.
I’ll also be donating 30% of the total sales from all prints sold during the exhibition to a variety of charities concerned with helping the homeless.
Your donations make this possible, with your help I can supplement the cost of framing, venue hire, and more importantly promoting the exhibition to as many people as possible.
The more people I can reach, the more our community can become aware of the problem and offer their support.
I urge you to come down and be part of the exhibition this April. Acknowledge what’s going on, and help me do something about it.