Café Art could not have hoped for a better supporter from the photographic community and a better venue for the inaugural Café Art photography contest in London to be held on 31st July!
Volunteers from the Royal Photographic Society
(RPS) will give basic photography training for people affected by homelessness at the official camera handout day in St Paul’s Cathedral
Speaking to Cafe Art, Dr Michael Pritchard
FRPS, Director-General of The Royal Photographic Society, said ‘The Society is pleased to lend its support to Cafe Art which has had such a positive impact in supporting and working with homeless people. It is well known that art and photography can help raise an individual’s confidence and sense of worth which can be as important as more tangible benefits. This competition will contribute to that as well as raising wider awareness of the problem of homelessness.’
We were also very happy to get the support from FujiFilm: 100 single-use film cameras were sold to Café Art at cost price and that cost was generously covered by the RPS. The cameras will be collected from the participating homelessness sector art groups by Café Art volunteers five days after the handout.
The contest themes are simple: 'My London', 'My Friends and Family' and 'My Life'
. From the images taken, an exhibition of 20 photographs will be selected to be shown at Spitalfields Market in October, with six of the winning images featuring in the annual Café Art calendar. The project will use a methodology called ‘photovoice’ where the participant discusses the photo and creates a narrative. These stories will be reproduced in the exhibition and in a fund-raising art calendar.
Last year's Café Art calendar raised more then £5,500 for artists and art groups run by homelessness sector organisations, including 240 Project, Broadway London, the Connection at St Martins in the Fields, Crisis, Providence Row and St Mungo’s.
The 2014 calendar will also help create employment for participants who would like to sell it, as it will be sold in Spitalfields, in participating cafes and supporting organisatons. Like the Big Issue, the vendors working on the Spitalfields Market stall will get 50% of the sale price of £10. The Hope in Shadows calendar, which was co-ordinated by Café Art’s Paul Ryan, earned Vancouver vendors more than $500,000 in the first ten years it was selling, employing hundreds of vendors. We hope for the same success here in London.
Photographs from the contest will also be sold in independent London cafes alongside Café Art paintings, and online. Last year more than £3,000 in paintings was sold by cafes, with 100% of the revenue going to the artists.
THANK YOU FUJIFILM, THE ROYAL PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY & ST PAUL'S CATHEDRAL FOR SHARING OUR BELIEF TOO!