Canberra has the second highest rate of homelessness in Australia.
To raise awareness of this upsetting statistic and create some discussion about it BIG hART are gonna build a giant bed in Civic square and put people in it.
It’s called the Winter Bed Vigil.
It sounds bizarre, but also really interesting.
On August 15th Big hART will set up an interactive multi media installation in the form of a large bed in Civic Square, Canberra. The bed will be occupied for four days and three nights by artists, politicians, activists, celebrities, housing advocates and members of the public to highlight the issue of homelessness and offer a space to engage in a dialogue about it.
In the weeks leading up to the Bed Vigil, a local filmmaker will be running basic skills workshops with the homeless community and capturing some local stories highlighting different experiences of homelessness.
These short films will be screened at the Bed Vigil alongside Big hART’s Knot@Home series; an 8 part tv series (SBS 2004) documenting experiences of young people across Australia exploring their stories of not being at home.
Big hART previously created a Bed Vigil in Melbourne in 2004 as part of the Melbourne International Arts Festival and the broader Knot@Home project (2002-2005). Whilst the Canberra Winter Bed Vigil is a short term project it builds on the previous work of the company and aims to provide a platform for advocacy for housing groups in Canberra by using the Big hART approach of using the arts as a vehicle for change.