Museum of Brisbane

Without a house: Homelessness in Brisbane

  • Sun 4 Sep 2016
  • Exhibition now closed

Join Museum of Brisbane and 612 ABC Brisbane for this special event discussing the perception and treatment of homelessness in Brisbane.

Without a house: Homelessness in Brisbane

On any given night in Brisbane around 300 people sleep rough in parks, under bridges, in laneways, car parks and abandoned buildings. Many organisations in Brisbane are working hard to shift perceptions surrounding homelessness. One of the many challenges involves working with homeless communities to maintain self-esteem, identity and pride. Join us as we chat to photographers, film makers and social entrepreneurs who are helping to raise awareness of homelessness in Brisbane and Australia.

Guest hosted by 612 ABC Brisbane, special guests include Brisbane photographer David Kelly and award-winning journalist and filmmaker Trent Dalton, creators Love Stories (2015). A film which explores true, tragic and beautiful love stories told by members of Brisbane’s homeless community. We will also be joined by Claire Marchesi, board member of Orange Sky Laundry, a not for profit social enterprise providing a platform to positively impact perceptions of homelessness through a free mobile laundry service for homeless communities across Australia.



Image: David Kelly, Love Stories: Bridgette, 2015 (detail)

Special Guests

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Trent Dalton

Trent Dalton writes for the award-winning The Weekend Australian Magazine on The Australian newspaper. A former assistant editor of The Courier-Mail, he has twice won a Walkley Award for excellence in journalism, been a four-time winner of the national News Awards Feature Journalist of the Year Award, and was named Queensland Journalist of the Year at the 2011 Clarion Awards for excellence in Queensland media. His journalism has twice been nominated for a United Nations of Australia Media Peace Award.
In both 2014 and 2013, he was named Best Feature journalist at the annual Kennedy Awards for excellence in NSW journalism.
His writing includes several short and feature-length film screenplays. His first short film, Silencer, was named a finalist at the annual Tropfest Australia short film festival. He was nominated for a 2010 AFI Best Short Fiction screenplay award for his latest short film, Glenn Owen Dodds, starring David Wenham. The film won the prestigious International Prix Canal award at the world’s largest short film festival, The Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival in France and saw Dalton named Best Writer at Aspen Shortsfest 2010. His latest feature film screenplay, Home, is a love story inspired by his non-fiction collection Detours: Stories from the Street, released in 2011, the culmination of three months immersed in Brisbane’s homeless community, the proceeds of which went back to the 20 people featured within its pages.

Dalton head shot

Claire Marchesi

Claire is a founding Board Member of Orange Sky Laundry and has held
the role of Secretary since the organisation’s commencement in October
2014. The mission of Orange Sky Laundry is to provide conversations, volunteering and opportunities for our friends through a free mobile laundry service. Claire’s professional experience in the community housing and homelessness sector makes her an invaluable member of the Orange Sky team. In a career spanning more than 30 years, Claire has worked with community housing providers, and also spent time as a private consultant undertaking organisational and policy reviews, and
facilitating change processes. Claire holds a Bachelor of Social Work (UQ) and has undertaken post-­graduate studies in the fields of community and organisational development. Prior to Orange Sky Laundry, Claire volunteered for a number of years on a food van for the homeless and a cafe for people on low incomes. Through these opportunities and her time with Orange Sky Laundry, Claire has seen firsthand the power of conversation and the importance of connecting communities.

Claire Marchesi Photo