Posts made in October, 2016

Chris Cheesman, Journalist

Posted by on Oct 20, 2016 in News | Comments Off on Chris Cheesman, Journalist

One of Cafe Art's biggest supporters in the past two years has passed away suddenly in London. Chris Cheesman was the news editor for Amateur Photographer magazine and helped judge the MyLondon Photography Contest in 2015 and 2016. We are a very small social enterprise and we could not succeed without the support of people like Chris. When we approached him, after an introduction by The Royal Photographic Society in early 2015, we were hopeful of getting him on our judging panel, and we were overjoyed when he accepted. It was Chris's article in Amateur Photographer in August 2015 that propelled us, and our Kickstarter, into the stratosphere. We had not...

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Joining the dots …

Posted by on Oct 16, 2016 in News | 2 comments

That's what we try to do here at Cafe Art. Connecting the positivity of homelessness with the wider community through their art. Through their talent. And through their own narratives. One person that has definitely helped us join the dots has been Dotdot herself. Seen across social media around the world, Dotdot is the proud companion of Saffron Saidi (from Cooltan Arts). Saffron's winning shot of her beautiful Dalmatian got her into the front cover of our MyLondon 2017 calendar, and was voted the People's Top Choice, as well as the Judges' Second Choice. How amazing is that! Saffron and Dotdot were with us at our Arts Market at Spitalfields this week connecting...

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And the Outstanding Individual Learner Award goes to ….

Posted by on Oct 7, 2016 in News | Comments Off on And the Outstanding Individual Learner Award goes to ….

.... Geraldine Crimmins! The Festival of Learning is a national celebration of lifelong learning. Special awards are handed out each year to highlight the vast array of people who gain so much from learning as adults. Their stories truly inspire all of us and help us recognise that learning is transformational, exciting, rewarding and possible at any age, for any reason and can be for all of us. The Outstanding Individual Learner Award celebrates remarkable individuals who, through learning, have transformed their own lives and the lives of their families, friends, their communities, and the places they work. You can read about Geraldine's story here. She...

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A visitor from Auckland

Posted by on Oct 4, 2016 in News | Comments Off on A visitor from Auckland

Cafe Art had a special visitor today when we met Clare Caldwell from Auckland, New Zealand. Clare is a New Zealand artist who walked into Auckland City Mission last year and offered to run an art group for people affected by homelessness. She was soon noticed for the work she does, and recently featured on New Zealand television in a regular segment called Good Sorts. Clare runs the group every Tuesday. She explained how many of the artists had never painted before and that the experience was very positive for them. After running the group for several months they decided to hold an exhibition. She says that it was empowering for everyone involved - not only did...

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