The UNSEEN Arts Hub was pleased to be the venue to host the launch of Ageing on the Edge ‘Home At Last’ Report. We are very proud that the women from the UNSEEN project were able to present at this event and share their diverse stories of housing insecurity and homelessness. Ageing on the Edge state housing is critically important for physical and mental health, and general wellbeing of older people. With a decline in home ownership at retirement age, unprecedented increases in housing prices and a reduction in social and affordable housing stock in NSW, older people are experiencing significant housing challenges and are at increased risk of homelessness. Here is a LINK to the ‘Home at Last’ report.
28 November 2021
UNSEEN participant Roshee shared her experiences of family violence and homelessness with Caitlin Fitzsimmons from the Sydney Morning Herald in the story “NSW to lose 3360 affordable homes: See which suburbs get hit the hardest” LINK
14 November 2021
UNSEEN participant Evie shared her story with the the Terrible Happy Place podcast in episode #132 – EVIE: Nevertheless she persisted.
“This conversation is confronting, uncomfortable (at times), educational, and straight-up no bullshit. We discuss violence against women, social inequity, religious trauma and much much more. This might be one of the most profound podcasts and interviews I’ve ever recorded so buckle in. Please read the show notes before listening as there is a trigger warning.”
7 November 2021
- 5 November 2021
Sydney Morning Herald – Front Page plus story p. 4 ‘I have nowhere for the grandchildren’ by Caitlan Fitzsimmons
Brisbane Times – House Prices grow three Time Faster than Wages by Caitlan Fitzimmons
- 8 September 2021
Illuwarra Mercury ‘Homelessness and over 55 in the Northern Beaches: ‘It could happen to any woman’ by Allison Hore,
1 September 2021
11 April 2021
The QR code activated over 150 people to insist the website, while direct visits to the website through social and mainstream media brought another 1,728 people to visit the site with page views exceeding 15,000. The website has been updated with further information, so feel free to look at the videos and images from both the March and April activations.The media engagement of the UNSEEN project during April activation reached approximately 29.6 million people.
- Nine News Online: Tiny House shines a light on homeless girls as young as 12
Lived experience participant of UNSEEN Jess from the Sydney Street Choir and Dr Jane Bullen from Women’s Electoral Lobby interviewed.
- ABC News Radio: Homelessness is a growing problem in Australia
Dr Jane Bullen, Women’s Electoral Lobby interviewed.
- Super Radio Network Radio: UNSEEN project
Super Radio Network (Morning News & Afternoon News) 2SM, 2LM, 2BH, 2AD, 2HD, 4GY, 4WK etc.
Hayley Foster, CEO of Womens Safety and Belinda Mason of Blur Projects interviewed.
8 March International Women’s Day 2021
Media and public response
The first week of the UNSEEN project was a resounding success. The UNSEEN Chrome Car was positioned at Circular Quay, Sydney between 8 -14 Match 2021. Over 8 million people read the article by journalist Freya Noble which was published on 8 March 2021 to coincide with the launch of UNSEEN on International Women’s Day. The UNSEEN website had 6,500 page views that same day. The location of the UNSEEN Chrome Car, which sees traffic from the light rail, ferry and train stations, saw 300 people engage with the project daily and the QR code activated 118 times.
- Channel 9 Coverage International Women’s Day (article and video)
- Artist Profile Magazine
- Sydney Morning Herald
- ABC Radio National