The Wallich - Who Decides?< Back to Shortlist

Through The Wallich in Cardiff, a diverse group of volunteers, many of whom have experienced homelessness, curated an exhibition of contemporary art, entitled 'Who Decides?' in the National Museum of Wales, Cardiff, challenging conceptions and stereotypes about artwork and cultural venues.

In order to expand inclusivity of art and engage with hidden members of the community, the National Museum of Wales and The Wallich, a Welsh homelessness charity, worked in partnership to bring together people to select artworks for a brand-new exhibition.

Who Decides? was devised and implemented by 10 service users of The Wallich. They include individuals who have lived on the streets, suffered mental illness or substance misuse issues and domestic abuse.

As well as selecting and interpreting their own exhibition of modern and contemporary art, the 10 participants co-produced and implemented its design, hanging and installation, launch event, public engagement events, and its brand and marketing. Through hard work and determination, they volunteered more than 1000 hours of their time to complete it.

A service user from The Wallich confirmed the importance of Who Decides? in encouraging wider participation in culture: “I wouldn’t have come in to the museum before but now I’m here and I’ve loved it all. I’m not afraid to come here by myself, I’m not daunted anymore’’.


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