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In December 2015, former rough sleeper Andy Palfreyman hold his first photography exhibition Cardboard&Caviar at the Swiss Church showing the doorways and places where he slept. Read more

We decided to bring Andy’s exhibition to Zurich. From 10-16 November 2017 the Offene Kirche St. Jakob and the Grossmuenster in Zurich will host the project ‘HomeLos’ with a series of events, including art exhibitions, panel discussions and writing workshops for young people.

In September 2017, Andy will travel to Zurich together with British filmmaker Sheena Sumaria and explore what it means to be homeless in Zurich. Andy’s experiences will be shown in a documentary film in November.

School classes from Zurich will have the opportunity to write their own stories about homelessness with the Junges Literaturlabor.



Friday, 10 November, 7pm: Exhibtion opening ‘HomeLos’ at the Open Church St. Jakob

Special guest: Mark Brennan, Director of the British charity Housing Justice

Wednesday, 15 November, 7pm: Panel discussion at the Kulturhaus Helferei (Grossmuenster) with Monika Stocker, Christoph Sigrist, Carla Maurer and other guests. Moderator: Peter Stäuber

Special guest: Cllr Richard Cotton, Mayor of Camden

15-17 November: Video installation ‘Endell Street’ by Zurich artist Andrea Gohl, Kulturhaus Helferei

10-16 November: Exhibition HomeLos at the Offene Kirche St. Jakob

Opening times / Öffnungszeiten:

Monday, 13 November: 11-19h;

Tuesday, 14 November: 7-19h (except/ausser 12.15-12.45h);

Wednesday, 15 November: 7-19h (except/ausser 12.15-12.45h)

Thursday, 16 November: 7-17h


Peter Staeuber, Journalist and project coordinator of HomeLos:

Zürich and London: two wealthy cities, international banking hubs, booming trade centres and world-renowned cultural hotspots. But there are also other parallels between the British metropolis and the Swiss financial centre: both cities have been suffering from a housing crisis for many years, gentrification and rising rents are driving low earners from the city centre, inequality is steadily rising, and an increasing number of rough sleepers are living on the streets. What are the causes behind these developments? How can such contradictions been resolved? How can the majority of the population share in the cities‘ wealth? And: how can churches help tackling the crisis? These are the questions at the centre of our project. We want to take a look at the deeper roots of these developments and to establish a dialogue between people affected by homelessness in London and Zürich.”


With thanks to our sponsors:

Reformierter Stadtverband Zürich

Evangelisch-Reformierte Kirche des Kantons St.Gallen

Evangelisch-Reformierte Kirchgemeinde Rapperswil-Jona

Jugendgruppe Rapperswil-Jona



We are still looking for sponsors! If you would like to sponsor the project ‘HomeLos’ please click here.