London street art project aims to capture forgotten homeless voices.

Romford arts organisation linked to Ben Eine launches street art scheme involving homeless people.

A leading arts organisation in east London has launched a crowdfunding campaign for a new street art scheme involving homeless people.

Made Public in Romford is partnering with the borough’s homeless charity Hope4Havering on the “Lost Voices” project. Street artists will team up with people who have been though homelessness to create new work in Romford town centre based on their experiences.

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Rarely as local residents do we get to hear the stories, opinions and ideas of those living on the streets, said Lauren Martin of Made Public. “We want to use street art to give homeless people a voice within the community in which they live.”

We want to challenge the perception of homeless people in our town, demonstrating that homeless people are no different than any other people, that homelessness could happen to any of us,” she added.

Made Public initially launched the “Colour in Romford” last year, a series of large-scale murals as part of the ongoing regeneration of the area (pictured above and below).

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Celebrated artist Ben Eine’s work “Brave” marked the launch of Amnesty International’s campaign highlighting the courageous work of human rights activists. Eine designed a special edition of The Big Issue celebrating the selling of 200 million copies. Made Public, a social enterprise run as a Community Interest Company, is aiming to raise £55,140 for the new homelessness-related project before September 24.

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The above article by Adam Forrest first published on in Jul, 2017.