100 cameras for Homeless to photograph London

Press Releases   •   Jun 21, 2018 09:00 BST

One hundred people affected by homelessness will capture London over five days from today when they are given a disposable camera at St Paul's Cathedral.

Brighton & Hove the focus of homeless project

Press Releases   •   May 25, 2018 12:02 BST

Disposable cameras will be given to 100 with a lived experience of homelessness in the MyBrighton & Hove Photo Project at One Church, Brighton on Friday 29 June. Supported by Fujifilm UK and The Royal Photographic Society, the project will result in an exhibition and a calendar. It is run locally by volunteers and social enterprise Cafe Art, and is based on the successful MyLondon project.

International homeless art exchange opens tomorrow

Press Releases   •   May 15, 2018 13:47 BST

Paintings from artists affected by homelessness from New York, Berlin, Mumbai, Melbourne and Auckland will be exhibited at ​Old Diorama Arts Centre​ as part of Cafe Art's international art exhibition exchange THIS IS WHERE I LIVE from Thursday 17 May. The opening event is in Old Diorama Arts Centre on Wednesday 16 May at 6pm to 9pm.

Homeless given arts market for World Homeless Day

Press Releases   •   Oct 06, 2017 09:57 BST

Spitalfields Arts Market will be run by Londoners affected by homelessness for seven days from Monday. The market will be filled with paintings and photographs from dozens of artists who are homeless or have recently been homeless. The project is run by homeless enterprise Café Art who will also be launching the 2018 MyLondon calendar in the market at lunchtime on Tuesday, World Homeless Day.

East London highlighted by homeless in photo project

Press Releases   •   Sep 27, 2017 10:30 BST

An exhibition of stunning shots of East London by a group of Cafe Art MyLondon photographers who have experienced homelessness is due to open in Qbic hotel next week. The photographers were commissioned by the hotel to fill the hotel with images of the local community, with stunning results.

Beautiful London as seen by homeless

Press Releases   •   Sep 11, 2017 11:02 BST

Every year Cafe Art, a small social enterprise in East London, holds a contest with disposable cameras. The goal is to empower people affected by homelessness - to give them skills, confidence and eventually to earn some money by selling the photos and the annual MyLondon calendar. 100 Fujifilm disposable cameras were given out at St Paul's Cathedral, and the images are ready now.

MyLondon - homeless photo project kicks off

Press Releases   •   Aug 18, 2017 07:20 BST

MyLondon, the calendar created by 100 homeless people, was launched last night. The viral success in 2015 and 2016 saw thousands of calendars being sent overseas, in a project which is supporting London's homeless people though beautiful photos of the city.

I Dream in Colour exhibition by James Gray

Press Releases   •   Aug 02, 2017 13:01 BST

10 August to 16 September Private View: Thursday 10 August, 6pm to 8pm Outpost – Shop | Gallery | Community Hub 546 Holloway Road, Islington N7 6JP www.peterbeford.org.uk/outpost @OutpostN7 @jamesgray Open: Mon - Sat 10.30am – 6pm

London’s summer of 2017 as seen by the homeless

Press Releases   •   Jul 28, 2017 11:35 BST

A snapshot of London’s summer of 2017 will be revealed in over 450 photos in an exhibition from 100 cameras given to people affected by homelessness in late June.

Cafe to employ homeless people

Press Releases   •   Jul 04, 2017 09:37 BST

Cafe Art is supporting a new venture in Turnpike Lane, north London which will employ people affected by homelessness. Run by Shine Enterprise Centre, the public are being asked to support the cafe by pledging money in a crowdfunding campaign at www.spacehive.com/shine-cafe. They hope to raise £30,000 to set up the cafe.

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Paul Ryan is a journalist who co-founded Cafe Art (UK) Community Interest Company with Michael Wong in 2012. Since 2012 it has raised money for artists... Show more

About Cafe Art

CAFÉ ART began in London in early 2012 with one local cafe and one art group run by a homelessness sector organisation. The opportunity was spotted by a volunteer with a St Mungo’s art group near King’s Cross, London. He could see lots of amazing art being created every week. However there was not enough wall space in the charity to hang it – much of the art was put away and not hung on the walls. An idea was born while in a local cafe. It didn’t have any art on the walls…

Cafe Art is run by Paul Ryan, who is one of the founding directors, together with Michael. Café Art registered as a Community Interest Company (CIC) in November 2013, with all profits committed to building up the social enterprise. CICs were established in 2005 specifically for social enterprises where the profits will be reinvested in the business.


  • Cafe Art
  • Qbic Hotel, 42 Adler Street
  • E1 1EE London