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Nicola Heywood Thomas Nicola Heywood Thomas | 10:44 UK time, Friday, 20 November 2009

Today I'm chairing a discussion at Swansea's Taliesin Arts Centre about homelessness and the arts.

Shelter Cymru is working in partnership with the Arts Centre and Streetwise Opera, a charity set up in 2002 to support the personal development of homeless and formerly homeless people through taking part in professional music making.

Streetwise currently work in 11 homeless shelters and the result of a recent project, My Sacred Heart, will be on show at Taliesin before the discussion and also on Friday evening. It's a remarkable music and film installation commissioned last year by Streetwise Opera and homeless people.

The discussion will debate what part the arts can play in the lives of homeless people.
It should be an interesting afternoon as it's an area I know very little about. I'll report back next week but if you've got any ideas about the subject, please let me know.                

More details of Streetwise and My Sacred Heart on taliesinartscentre.co.uk and streetwiseopera.org.

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