Cafe Art Hampstead competition exhibition opens

Posted by on Sep 20, 2017 in News | 2 comments

Zin Vaitiekunas stands in front of two of his paintings which made it into the exhibition, one of which won the Figurative Prize.

The inaugural Cafe Art Competition Exhibition opened at the Hampstead School of Art (HSoA) last night with a short award ceremony. See photos from the opening here (Facebook) While we have had many exhibitions since our first one in the Guardian Building in August 2012, this is the first time we have awarded prizes. The exhibition can be seen in the HSoA's new building. The connection to the school began a few years ago (the first exhibition was in January 2015) and Cafe Art is very appreciative of the support from the school, especially the principal Isabel Langtry who was one of the judges for the contest who chose the top three prizes. The other two judges were Jimmy Lek from ArtGemini Prize and art therapist and long-term Cafe Art volunteer Simon Richardson. The HSoA chose another three prizes (listed below). Twenty one paintings are in the exhibition, (having been selected from 80 entries) and are on display until Friday 13 October. See a selection of the images here (Facebook) The three main cash prizes were funded by the Spitalfields Market vendors of the MyLondon calendar. Last year when the calendar had to be reprinted in early December, the vendors agreed to contribute 25 pence from each calendar sale they made, and this raised more than £1,000 for the prize money. The judges chose three main prizes, each winning £200 for themselves and £100 for a charity of their choice: The Figurative prize went to Zin Vaitiekunas, an independent artist but formerly from Kids' Company. The Self Portrait prize went to Michael Crosswaite from 240 Project. The Abstract prize went to Aaron Little from Crisis. The HSoA prize winners were: Mateus (Abstract Prize) James Gray (Special award of free tuition at HSoA) Justin (Principal's Prize) May thanks to Camden New Journal and Ham & High for running a feature in their papers 🙂


  1. This is very good!
    To give homeless people a face; to let other people know,that you are SOMEONE,even if you live in the streets.
    In 2014 I was in London,and met some of these people.
    I was very impressed,and wrote about them,and made watercolours of some of them.
    The quality of the paintings on this site look GOOD !I was struck by some of them!

    • Hi Irene, Thanks so much for your kind words of support. It’s individuals like you who take the time and effort to write that makes such a huge difference – hence, much appreciated by all of us! Yes – the standard to work was simply amazing, and we hope to hold one again next year 🙂 Hope you get a chance to visit it in person next time. Many thanks again … Best, Michael and Paul

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