We’re honoured to have had the opportunity over the last few weeks to display Open Canvas art at the production Trash Goes Down the River. It’s a new play focusing on homelessness and the judgements we make about those who live on the streets.
It was wonderful to be part of such thought-provoking theatre and we’re glad that our art – some of which is created by artists who have experienced homeless – contributed to the atmosphere of the production. We’re also happy we achieved more sales for our artists and had a chance to spread the word about what Open Canvas does.
Set in the beautiful Bluestone Church Arts Space in Footscray, the production touches on the early 2017 clashes between Melbourne’s homeless population, protesters, police and policy makers. It follows the journey of ‘Trash’, a strong-willed woman who has made a permanent home for herself in a city doorway.
The production was a great way to tackle such a heavy subject. After catching snippets during rehearsals while hanging Open Canvas artworks, it was great to see it all come together so well. The cast were amazing; a big hats off to cast members Emma Cox, Alec Gilbert and Clare Larman, and Clare Mendes for her thoughtful writing skills.
A few pictures of the exhibition…