Cafe Art: An exhibition by artists who have experienced homelessness

Press releases   •   Nov 01, 2019 09:34 GMT

An exhibition, called Collection 2019, by a group of artists who have experienced homelessness, opens in the Old Diorama Arts Centre, London on 11 November. The group are mentored by Geraldine Crimmins on how to survive and flourish in the competitive London art world, from what art courses to take, to how to sell their art and manage exhibitions.

Rough sleepers working on World Homeless Day 10 Oct

Press releases   •   Oct 07, 2019 15:54 BST

Rough sleepers are earning money by selling the 2020 MyLondon calendar in Spitalfields E1 market and St James's Market Piccadilly on World Homeless Day - this Thursday 10 October.

MyLondon homeless calendar unveiled today

Press releases   •   Sep 11, 2019 10:42 BST

The annual MyLondon calendar, created by people who have experienced homelessness, will be unveiled at 3pm this afternoon in Spitalfields Market. In May 100 disposable cameras were given to people who are currently homeless and have recently come off the streets. The resulting calendar is beautiful - a love letter to London. Calendars will be sold by people affected by homelessness for £11.

20 eye-catching shots by London's homeless (with a hint of Brexit)

Press releases   •   Aug 07, 2019 11:52 BST

When a Brexit-related photo tops the public vote of photos taken by people who have experienced homelessness, you know it's on everyone's minds. A homeless project which involved giving 100 disposable cameras to people affected by homelessness has created an amazing exhibition which looks at the London in a different way.

London through the eyes of the homeless - Beautiful photos of London

Press releases   •   Jul 15, 2019 11:02 BST

A calendar full of photos of London, where all the photographers have experienced homelessness, is being published. The calendar earns money for rough sleepers, sofa surfers and people who have experienced homelessness who will sell the calendar from September.

Homeless photographers capture London

Press releases   •   Jun 09, 2019 17:12 BST

A new exhibition opens on Tuesday where all the photographers have experienced homelessness. The theme was what they love about London. The exhibition opens in Spitalfields Arts Market, Brushfield Street, on Tuesday 11 June and is up for 6 days and every photo is for sale, earning money for rough sleepers, sofa surfers and other people who have experienced homelessness.

International art exchange of homeless art

Press releases   •   May 08, 2019 13:55 BST

International art exchange of homeless art “This is Where I Live” opens Thursday 9thof May at Kahalia on Bricklane. 

Organised by Cafe Art this unique exchange of artworks between homeless artists all started in 2013 between London and New York and now has five exchange partners that have all joined together to create the only known global homeless art exchange. Partners include; Fresh Art in New York, G15 in Berlin, Pehchan in Mumbai, Auckland City Mission in New Zealand and Nafasi Arts Centre in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

This May, each city will hold an exhibition in their home city, including a collection of works from each partner city. London has been the main organisational hub for this project and will be featuring 28 works all by people that have experienced homelessness including artworks by Londoners.


This Is Where I Live is an exchange of artworks to show solidarity of our mission to highlight the visual art of people that have been homeless in our cities. We are committed to raising public awareness and recognition of these artists’ work and talent, as well as promoting art as a tool for personal expression, creative growth and positive transformation.

The idea behind it is to have fun, make connections and give these artists an international platform to showcase their artwork. The issue of homelessness is international and by talking about it Cafe Art hopes to draw attention to the issue in a creative way.

Artist Quotes:

Mary:

Mary studied art and design for 5 years in college and has been working as an artist in London for 10 years, selling and exhibiting work through Café Art and crisis. ‘Art helps with my depression. I have a history of homelessness and use day centres to access art materials. Without these, I would be unable to create my work. I love using colour; it helps my mood; the sadder I am the more colour comes out; the pain becomes beautiful. I love to experiment and my art is always changing and evolving, currently, I am playing with different textures and materials

Pauline:

“I make art to release my innermost feelings, whether it’s light or dark, it’s what comes out. It’s abstract if I’m thinking of something it’s reflecting or redirecting it. The darkness is clouding my inner beauty to come forward. I’m going through a lot and it’s coming out in the art.” Pauline attends the fresh art workshop at a Henry Street residence in New York.

James:

Following a dark period in my life, I walked away from everything and lived on the streets [of London]. During this difficult time, I joined an Art therapy class. I taught myself different techniques and experimented with different mediums. I soon fell in love with art. It became my life and you could say, my saviour.

For more information, or to arrange interviews with the London artists or for international exhibition contacts email

sarah@cafeart.org.uk 

or call 07535807813.

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. 

'This is Where I live' exhibition, is an exchange of artworks across cities around the world created by people that have experienced homelessness. Organised by Cafe Art in London, it has six exchange partners coming together in solidarity including; Auckland, Berlin, Dar es Salaam, Mumbai, NYC & London. Opens on London on May the 9th at 7pm at Kahaila Cafe 135 BrickLane London.

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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.

The exhibition comes after a record number of more than 150 entries were received.

The exhibition features cash prizes and a bespoke mentoring support package will also be given to the top three winners. The support is designed to give talented homeless artists a platform in both selling their art and connecting with the wider community. The exhibition also hopes to inspire other people affected by homelessness, empower our artists and show a different side to homelessness.

Sarah Caldwell Watson, Chief Operating Officer of Café Art says ‘we are excited that, with an increase in funding available to us this year, we are able to generate a far greater impact with the homeless art competition. This exhibition compliments our other activities which include our annual photography prize and calendar, our programme for exhibiting homeless art in cafes and our art rental scheme.

Contact: sarah@cafeart.org.uk Tel. 07535 807813.

Website: https://www.cafeart.org.uk/

Below: Organiser Sarah Caldwell Watson, formerly homeless artists Guan Chow (currently sofa surfing in Haringey) and formerly homeless artist James Gray who has been employed by Cafe Art to help manage the homeless art in cafes programme.

CAFÉ ART help empower people affected by homelessness through art, photography and entrepreneurship. 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. 

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.

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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.

The exhibition features cash prizes for the artists who are affected by homelessness. A bespoke mentoring support package will also be given to the top three winners. The support is designed to give talented homeless artists a platform in both selling their art and connecting with the wider community. The exhibition also hopes to inspire other people affected by homelessness, empower our artists and show a different side to homelessness.

Sarah Caldwell Watson, Chief Operating Officer of Café Art says ‘we are excited that, with an increase in funding available to us this year, we are able to generate a far greater impact with the homeless art competition. This exhibition complements our other activities which include our annual photography prize and calendar, our programme for exhibiting homeless art in cafes and our art rental scheme.’

Contact: sarah@cafeart.org.uk  Tel. 07535 807813.

CAFÉ ART empower people affected by homelessness through art, photography and entrepreneurship. We hang artwork created in art groups run by homelessness sector organisations and hang it in independent cafes in London. We also run the annual MyLondon photography contest with disposable Fujifilm cameras. 

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.

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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 an exhibition of photographs with Mr Michael Møller, Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva on Monday 1 October.

Formerly homeless women from the Cafe Art disposable camera photography projects will open an exhibition of photographs titled Women Without Walls.

Women Without Walls - Photography Exhibition, in partnership with the UNECE, UN Geneva and Cafe Art, showcases photographs taken on disposable cameras from five projects for people affected by homelessness.

See the 20 exhibition photos here

Photographs are from photography projects with homeless and recently homeless women in London, Budapest, Sydney, New Orleans and Toronto.Three of the 20 photographers will be in Geneva at the opening event with the UN director general and also Ms Olga Algayerova, the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE).

The photos come from the MyLondon Photo Project and partner "MyCity" projects in the other cities. In the UK Cafe Art has been helped by The Royal Photographic Society with support and photographic training since 2013. The annual MyLondon calendar is created after 100 cameras were given to women and men over five days. The resulting calendar is sold by the participants in the project in markets, like the Big Issue, creating an income.

This Women Without Walls: Photography Exhibition showcases photographs taken by women affected by homelessness from all over the world. The powerful images show what these women love about their cities, their friends and their families, whilst also highlighting their plight when they are homeless.

The UN describes the exhibition at illustrating the specific needs of women experiencing homelessness. "Hence, the exhibition clearly links Sustainable Development Goal 11: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable and Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls."

The opening reception will take place at 12:30 PM at the Passerelle, Building E, Palais des Nations on 1 October 2018 to celebrate World Habitat Day.

You can see these inspiring photographs from 1 - 12 October at the Passerelle, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland.

This exhibition is also the opening event of UNECE’s #UrbanWeek from 1-5 October 2018. Please see more information on Urban Week here: https://bit.ly/2PcEYgA

MyLondon photographer to speak at opening event 

London photographer Geraldine Crimmins will speak at opening event and also on a panel discussing women and homelessness a few days later."

As a rough sleeper I was sexually assaulted, bullied, mugged and robbed. I would stay awake most nights and sleep during the day as it was dangerous for me to sleep alone in central London. Due to a mugging I ended up in hospital for six weeks.

"This led me into the system as I was in a wheelchair for a while and I was given temporary housing for four years and then social housing."I continued using drugs and my health worsened. Thankfully I was arrested and detoxed in prison. My head cleared and I decided to stay drug free. I got involved with Café Art volunteering and doing creative projects. This has resulted in becoming a professional artist. I feel creativity and volunteering is food for people who have been damaged by homeliness, addiction, mental health and economic hardship."

"I feel creativity and volunteering is food for people who have been damaged by homeliness, addiction, mental health and economic hardship."

Two other photographers will be at the opening exhibition along with several volunteer organisers from the mainly volunteer-run projects. Hope Magreff is frantically fundraising to go to Geneva from New Orleans with MyNew Orleans organiser Heather Milton and Bernadett Fekete is coming from the MyBudapest Photo Project

All of their photos, taken on donated Fujifilm QuickSnap film cameras, appeared in calendars which were sold by people affected by homelessness in their cities.

See the 20 exhibition photos here

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. 

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.

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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.

Address

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