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Bath Abbey to stage unique exhibition of homeless art
Homeless people at Bath Abbey
Homeless people from across the Bath area are exhibiting their work

Bath Abbey is to host a unique exhibition showcasing the talents of homeless people in the city.

Think Different will be made up of items including poetry, art work, photographs and allotment produce.

It aims to challenge the usual media image of the homeless as an "intimidating, street drinking, conspicuous group of people".

The event, which is supported by numerous local and national agencies, will run from 27 April to 3 May.

Organisations such as Shape Housing Association, Stonham Housing, the Drugs and Homeless Initiative, Julian House, Genesis Trust, Big Issue and Clean Slate Employment Agency are backing the project.

Think Different is being offered as an opportunity for those who are currently rough sleeping, or staying in a night shelter, to share their "passions, creativity and abilities."

Organisers say that at any one time, approximately 200 individuals and families will be homeless within Bath and North East Somerset.

Those involved in the exhibition hope that the people of Bath will "get behind it", with the hope of changing their perception of the homeless.

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