20 homeless artists hold art exhibition in London

Press Releases   •   Feb 26, 2019 11:27 GMT

Twenty artists who are homeless or have been homeless are holding an exhibition in the Hampstead School of Art, opening on Tuesday 5 March 2019.

Self empowerment through creativity: an exhibition by homeless artists

Press Releases   •   Feb 08, 2019 12:09 GMT

Eighty eight London artists affected by homelessness have participated in our unique annual art competition. A record number of more than 150 entries were received and the 20 finalists will be exhibited at the Hampstead School of Art on 5 March.

UN director general to open London homeless project exhibition in Geneva

Press Releases   •   Sep 24, 2018 12:50 BST

A shoe-string-budget-run London homeless project will open Women Without Walls exhibition of photographs with Mr Michael Møller, Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva on Monday 1 October.

Homeless create beautiful images with disposable cameras

Press Releases   •   Aug 16, 2018 08:32 BST

Two hundred single use cameras were given to people who are homeless, or have recently been homeless in London and Brighton in June. The results are two beautiful calendars which will be sold by the photographers.

Homeless given 100 cameras to capture London - these are the results

Press Releases   •   Jul 25, 2018 14:21 BST

The photographers in the MyLondon Photo Project exhibition have all experienced homelessness. The goal of the project was to focus on what they love about London. The exhibition opens in Spitalfields Arts Market, Brushfield Street, on Monday 30 July and is up for 7 days and every photo is for sale, earning money for rough sleepers, sofa surfers and other people who have experienced homelessness.

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 until Sunday 10 June.

The opening event is in Old Diorama Arts Centre on Wednesday 16 May at 6pm to 9pm.

Similar exhibitions, by homeless people including London, are being held in the same cities, with paintings from each city being exhibited in each participating city.

fresh art in New York creates artistic and personal development opportunities for disadvantaged and underserved adults in New York City through fine art exhibitions and workshops. The organisation raises public awareness and recognition of these artists' work and talents by building partnerships with social service agencies, residences and community groups. fresh art is dedicated to promoting art as a tool for personal expression, creative growth and positive transformation.

Art despite poverty is the motto for Berlin's Gitschiner 15. They provide cultural and health services for the lowincome and homeless in Berlin, and have a thriving art group.

Pehchan in Mumbai is a community-based NGO that helps homeless citizens in Mumbai build a life of dignity and fulfillment. The word ‘pehchan’ in Hindi translates as “identity”.

Open Canvas in Melbourne was created to empower disadvantaged artists and help them with these issues surrounding homelessness.

Auckland City Mission provides unique and specialised health and social services to marginalised Aucklanders. 

Each organisation has sent paintings to the other exhibitions being held May and June. The idea behind it is to have fun, make connections and have paintings exhibited in major cities. The issue of homelessness is international and by talking about it Cafe Art hopes to draw attention to the issue in a creative way. The goals are to empower people through creativity.

Diorama Arts Centre, Regent's Place, 201 Drummond St, London NW1 3FE Thursday 17th May - Sun 10th June 2017 (closest tube stations Warren Street and Euston)

For more information contact email sarah@cafeart.org.uk or paul@cafeart.org.uk

Reserve a free ticket to opening event (Eventbrite)

Cafe Art connects people affected by homelessness with the wider community through art. We hang artwork created in art groups run by homelessness sector organisations and hang it in independent cafes in London. We also run the MyLondon photography contest with disposable FujiFilm cameras. 

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.

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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 14 stunning shots of East London by a group of Cafe Art MyLondon photographers who have experienced homelessness is due to open in Qbic hotel on Monday 2 October.

Qbic Hotel partnered with Cafe Art and The Royal Photographic Society (The RPS) to take photos of East London. 

Paul Ryan from Cafe Art says Qbic approached Cafe Art wanting to give the MyLondon photography group a new challenge - to take photos of interesting parts of east London near Qbic. "They wanted to add a more personal and interesting piece of work created by local artists of the area." 

Rebecca Waters from Qbic said they thought of our MyLondon photography project. "After a meeting we decided to give the challenge to the photography mentoring group. It was a perfect challenge - it was a real job for them. Our goal is to empower people and this has more than achieved that goal."

Neil Cordell from The RPS says that the Society has been helping the MyLondon calendar project for several years and this type of extra project was perfect to improve their photography skills.

The 14 East London photos will be hanging in Qbic Hotel cafe from Monday 2 October. The annual MyLondon exhibition will be also hanging in the hotel on their gallery staircase from that date.


Paul Ryan, Cafe Art: 07517 141948 (please let Paul know if you would like to interview a photographer)

Neil Cordell, The RPS: 07775 637601

Rebecca Waters, Qbic Hotels: 07717 504712

CAFÉ ART connects people affected by homelessness with the wider community through art. We hang artwork created in art groups run by homelessness sector organisations and hang it in independent cafes in London. We also run photography contests with disposable FujiFilm cameras and run a mentoring programme with digital cameras for people affected by homelessness.

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.

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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