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Home – An exhibition funded through the Ideas Fund

Home – An exhibition funded through the Ideas Fund

Home – An exhibition funded through the Ideas Fund

Friday, December 20, 2019

Nick Etherington, a frontline worker for Sheffield Foundation Service, recently applied to the Ideas Fund at the Frontline Network, to fund his wonderful idea, ‘Home’: a public Art Exhibition produced in collaboration with homeless service users and local artists.

Rosie Carnall, Chief Executive at Ignite Imaginations, thanked the Frontline Network for funding 'Home'; a wonderful art exhibition which took place this October at the Sheffield Winter Gardens.

Participants of Adullam Housing Sheffield Art group worked with a professional artist from Ignite Imaginations to create a village of houses for the exhibition, which examined the concept of home.

Every house created was a unique expression of the maker’s experience of home. Rosie Carnall spoke of the positive impact this exhibition had on improving the confidence of each participant:

 “If it wasn’t for the Ideas Fund this project would most likely not have happened and all the amazing outcomes and positive results that have occurred as a direct result of it would have been missed. For many of the participants involved in this project it has been the start of something transformative in their lives, while also being an enormous amount of fun and incredibly exciting”.

Rosie also said that the central focus of this exhibition was the impact of housing on one's mental health and wellbeing. Artist Facilitator Aimee Hickman was commissioned for the project for her experience of working with people who have experienced mental distress and homelessness.

Aimee created an idea for the project that enabled everyone to participant fully to the best of their ability. Reports from the sessions were the participants felt really at home working with Aimee and that they felt they achieved something to be proud of in what they created.


“This is one of the best courses I’ve ever taken part in. It has helped me with my mental health know end. I have been doing things that have kept me calm, where otherwise I would have been sat at home worrying. The lady that did the classes was very helpful and it was a very enjoyable environment to be in. it has been a please to be here”.


“I have enjoyed the “Journey” to creating a home that I’m proud of and represents what a home means to me. Ideas appeared and allowed creativity to flow. I’ve felt supported and encouraged along the way and I feel that I have received some therapeutic benefit from attending and investing my time and myself into coming to the art group on a weekly basis”.

We are pleased that for many of the participants involved in this project, it has been the start of something transformative in their lives, while also being an enormous amount of fun and incredibly exciting.

Do you have an idea that will improve the situation for people experiencing homelessness?

The Ideas Fund can turn this idea into reality. The funding ranges from £200 to £10,000, for ideas big and small. You can use it to develop creative solutions and new ways of working. To find out more about this great funding opportunity, please visit the Frontline Network website here.

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