The Men’s Room: What stops us from being well?

This exhibition had to close early due to HOME’s temporary closure from Thu 4 November, however you can read about the exhibition and flip through the digital exhibition guide below:

This is a #HOMEinspires event.

Ironically, this exhibition was halted by the COVID 19 global pandemic in March. But we are back and delighted to be sharing the work of creative participants at The Men’s Room.

The issues and pieces of art may have been developed pre COVID, but they have certainly not gone away. Relationships, drug use, isolation, racism, transphobia, temptation, judgement by others, all serve to create a life that can feel like a tricky emotional rollercoaster with little option to ‘step off safely.’

The issues shown in the art works were developed through story telling workshops with People’s Voice Media and then curated into key themes. These issues were brought to life through a series of art workshops with Len Grant and Ian McKay.

This exhibition links with the final part of our project ‘what stops us’ where we have been working with our group, Cardboard Citizens, Katy Rubin and Pat Clinton to develop a piece of legislative theatre highlighting these problematic health experiences. This will be performed live over zoom to an audience who can interact and suggest ways in which to address the health inequalities, barriers and stigma faced by our group.

Join us! Tuesday October 20th 2pm-5pm, visit to book a zoom place and be a part of creating some different answers…

The Men’s Room is an arts, health and social care charity working with male and trans people who have experience of homelessness, sex work or both. We believe that the arts are a transformative tool which can improve people’s lives, and we aim to help the people we work with become happier, healthier and more creative.

Twitter: @TheMancMensRoom

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  • This exhibition could be found in our Inspire Gallery in the downstairs bar
  • Download the exhibition booklet (pdf) here