OCTOBER in 2019 MyLondon calendar CURIOSITY SHOP, PORTOBELLO ROAD
Michael Crosswaite took this shot in Alice’s on Portobello Road, west London. “As soon as I saw that mirror, I had to take it.”
He was sleeping rough for several years before getting into a hostel and then a Peabody Estate flat near Broadway Market, Hackney.
Michael goes to Providence Row’s Dellow Centre in east London and 240 Project and has paintings in Café Art’s Art in Cafés programme. After attending Crisis art classes there was no stopping him, he says, adding that sometimes he gets his pictures in the Big Issue. He is trying to make a living out of painting: “It’s not an easy profession to break into.”
He also plays a few musical instruments: “busking up a few quid when necessary,” and volunteers with Sing to Live which brings people together for group singing sessions which he finds this very rewarding. He also set up regular weekly jam sessions at the Dellow Centre. [156 words]