A yearly adventure on Chatsworth Road, E5, where in true advent calendar style a new addition is discovered every day.
This year contributions will reflect on who (or what) is getting us through the Corona crisis? Where are the rays of light this Advent?
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Is it enough to have a roof over your head? What if you don’t have a roof over your head?
Advent is a time of waiting, journeying, arriving, longing. It leads us to Christmas which is often a time of home-coming. Where are you coming from and where are you going to?
Our news is full of stories of those for whom the answers to those questions are painful. From refugees fresh from the destruction of their makeshift shelters in Calais, to people facing eviction in face of benefit cuts, passing along the way all those simply being priced out of areas in our city where they live or have been raised. We’ve seen vulnerable people making their home in a car and rooms to rent on houseboats. In places across the world walls go up to keep people out, or to hem people in. What about those who are ‘foreign born’ in post-referendum Britain? Do they feel at home here anymore? And if they don't, what does that say about the rest of us? What are we all doing to help more people find the place they're longing for.. a place they can call their own... their home?
For 2016's Chatsworth Road Advent Calendar we asked people to think about this as they made their piece of art. A template of a plain bird box was provided to those who wanted one. We hope you enjoy the advent adventure.
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