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.
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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.