Event Information

Throughout 2019 Janet Collins and a group of crafters have been working with Birmingham based homeless charities SIFA Fireside and St Basils to engage its users in craft activities. After reading Sarah Corbett’s book How to be a Craftivist: The Art of Gentle Protest, Janet was inspired to use her crafting skills to campaign about the issue of homelessness and encouraged members of local craft groups and friends to become involved.

During craft workshops participants have made a range of items including beads, bracelets, pompoms and finger knitted scarves. Alongside this, a network of experienced crafters has knitted scarves, hats and gloves which have been donated to Birmingham homeless charities. As well as providing much needed warmth to rough sleepers, the project has sought to engage workshop participants in activities that have a positive impact on mental health and wellbeing.

Here we show a range of items made throughout the workshops, alongside scarves produced by experienced crafters to raise money for the charities.

Throughout the duration of this exhibition we will be inviting people to join Janet in our Terrace Gallery to craft together as well as collecting donations for the charities. Why not come along and knit a scarf for someone in need?

How you can help

There are a number of ways you can support the work of homeless charities SIFA Fireside and St Basils

Warm clothing and items can be donated at MAC, please leave them in the donation box within the exhibition. Scarves displayed within the exhibition are for sale to raise money, for more information please visit the Sales and Information desk.

Please consider donating money and unwanted items to St Basils.

Volunteer your time to SIFA Fireside or make a one off donation. You can also give clothing, food and other items to SIFA.

Image © Kate Green Photography