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.


100 homeless people to photograph London

Press Releases   •   Jun 29, 2017 10:15 BST

100 disposable cameras will be given to homeless people at St Paul's Cathedral on Friday 30 June. The MyLondon photography project runs over five days, is to empower people affected by homelessness and results in an exhibition and calendar. Run by Cafe Art and The Royal Photographic Society, it has inspired similar projects in Budapest, Sydney, New Orleans, Sao Paulo and Toronto.


THIS IS WHERE I LIVE - A Global Arts Project For the Homeless and Disadvantaged

Press Releases   •   May 11, 2017 13:24 BST

Paintings from twelve artists from New York, Berlin and Mumbai join four from London at Diorama Arts Centre as part of Cafe Art's international art exhibition exchange, THIS IS WHERE I LIVE. Tonight is the private viewing.

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MyLondon homeless project goes global on World Homeless Day

Press Releases   •   Oct 08, 2016 14:27 BST

Simultaneous photography exhibitions by people affected by homelessness are being held in London, SydneyNew Orleans and Budapest on World Homeless Day - Monday 10 October.

All the photos in the exhibitions come from single-use cameras given to people affected by homelessness. Around 100 people in each city were given single-use cameras and asked to take photos of their city. The results are personal and very beautiful. Each city is producing a 2017 calendar, featuring the photos and the stories from the people who took them.

Cafe Art in London launch the MyLondon 2017 calendar at Spitalfields Arts Market at 1pm on Monday. In the evening they will connect with the Budapest project by Skype, where the Budapest Bike Maffia, an organisation that give food to homeless people, are launching the MyBudapest 2017 calendar.

Paul Ryan from Cafe Art in London said the main focus of the project was to empower people affected by homelessness though photography. "People gain new skills - not only in photography but in connecting with the outside world. Many people have lost a lot of confidence because of their experience being homeless and this is an attempt to give them something positive to focus on."

The MySydney project is run by Cafe Art Australia and is now in it's second year. Like Cafe Art in London, they are working with local people. Michael Allwright says: "We're not here to 'change the world' but what we are here to do is to amplify voices of those people who are so often unheard from in society." The Sydney exhibition was launched a week ago at Lentil as Anything, Newtown, Sydney.

The MyNew Orleans project is also preparing to print a 2017 calendar to raise funds. They also have an event on Monday evening.

On Monday evening MyLondon at Qbic Hotel, 42 Adler Street, London E1 1EE (5.30-7.30) will link with MyNew Orleans by Skype as both of their city's calendars are launched on the same day, World Homeless Day. The Budapest event is at Fuga. The linkup will happen at 7pm.

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. 

Simultaneous photography exhibitions by people affected by homelessness are being held in London, Sydney, New Orleans and Budapest on World Homeless Day - Monday 10 October. London launch the MyLondon 2017 calendar at Spitalfields Arts Market at 1pm on Monday. In the evening they will connect with the Budapest project by Skype, where they are launching the MyBudapest 2017 calendar.

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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