Is There Nothing Art Cannot Achieve..?

Bruno said with more homeless on the streets of Brighton and Hove than in past years, the need for change was greater than ever.

The way society treats rough sleepers at present is a “form of violence”, he said.

And…just who is Bruno?

University of Brighton psychologist Bruno De Oliveira is working with the street sleepers and between them they have come up with the idea of an art exhibition for next year’s Brighton Fringe.


Bruno is currently trying to raise £1,000 to provide rough sleepers with paints and canvasses and said the exhibition will go some way towards this end by demonstrating their skills and talents.

The homeless should be regarded like anyone else, people with aspirations and feelings and not people to be shunned and marginalised.

They won’t be. If they can stop themselves begging, stealing, getting drunk or high in public, and urinating and defecating where they lay.

They aren’t ‘shunned and marginalised’ for what they are, but for what they do.

He added: “The idea is not just to have a better understanding of homelessness but to bring social change and emancipation with the people I am working with.”

You’re asking a bit much of a bit of canvas and a paintbrush, chum!

5 comments for “Is There Nothing Art Cannot Achieve..?

  1. December 30, 2015 at 1:16 pm

    I’m so, so excited about this. So, so excited. So … so … … …

    • January 3, 2016 at 6:01 am


  2. Errol
    December 30, 2015 at 2:43 pm

    13 ‘councillors’ troughing on over 100,000 a year. One taking more than £150,000. Sack them all, freeing up £2m, add in their expenses costs and no pensions and we’re closer to £3m.

    Put that into homelessness in Brighton and we might start to address the problem.

  3. Voice of reason
    December 31, 2015 at 3:13 am

    One estimate in the US is that 90% of the long-term homeless have serious mental health issues. Is that the case now in the UK?

    • January 3, 2016 at 6:02 am

      Probably, since we have the same ‘Ahhh, we must give the demented their freedom!’ attitude in our mental health services.

      Few people starved or froze to death in old style asylums.

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