Have you heard the expression “it takes a village to raise a child”? Many people and organisations have helped with projects described here over the years. In London we could not have grown so quickly without the following organisations:
, the umbrella organisation for UK homelessness-sector organisations, endorses us. The homeless charities including 240 Project
, C4WS Homeless Project
, Holy Cross Centre Trust
, Pritchard’s Road Day Centre
, Providence Row
, One Support
, St Mungo’s Broadway
, The Connection at St Martin-in-the-Fields
and Thames Reach
let us connect with the people affected by homelessness.
The Royal Photographic Society
provides volunteers and contacts in other countries, including Ronaldo Aguiar, an RPS member in São Paulo, who helped with all aspects of the MinhaSão Paulo calendar project there in November 2015. In London the local group members are key volunteers on the camera handout day in July. In April 2016 we were given a free gallery space in central London by The RPS, and they also gave a solo exhibition to David Tovey, last year's MyLondon winner.
St Paul’s Cathedral provides the Wren Suite in the Crypt of one of London's most famous landmarks to hand out the cameras every year. Pret a Manger provide a lunch for 100 participants on the day.
Christie’s provides a boardroom in central London to carry out the judging every July. We first met them in 2012 when Michael Wong approached them to hang an exhibition in their auction rooms - the artists were very happy to have their art hanging on the same walls as Picasso, Monet and many more famous artists!
Spitalfields E1 Market gives us market space for the public vote in August, the calendar launch week in October and let us have space for a table to sell the calendar from October to January.
Carter Wong Design
design the calendar for us at no charge. In November 2015 they designed the Cafe Art MinhaSao Paulo calendar for no charge and they are also helping us work on creating logos and branding for the partnering projects: MyManchester, MyNew Orleans and MyBudapest. Carter Wong Design also designed our Cafe Art logo which we are very proud of! Other famous logos they have created include the F1 logo and Walls ice-cream!
FujiFilm UK discounted cameras for us, and last year paid for the printing of the exhibition enlargements. Snappy Snaps Muswell Hill gave us a discount on film developing and printing the photos.
In March 2015 we were awarded £15,000 in their Build It grant for growing social enterprises. In August and September 2015 we gained the support of more than 700 people in our Kickstarter fundraiser.
Cafe Art is based in the Qbic Hotel
, 42 Adler Street, London. Since November 2014 we have have paintings and photographs stored in their basement and they have a permanent exhibition of MyLondon photographs in the hotel.
Thank you to the following companies who also support the MyLondon project
Allen & Overy, Atlantis Art Materials, Borough Market, Citibank Group, Christie’s, freshart New York, HomeGround Melbourne, The London Photo Festival, Orzo Coffee, People’s Palace Projects, PopUp Painting, PwC, St James’s Church Piccadilly Market, Snappy Snaps Muswell Hill, Southwark Cathedral, Streetwise Opera and With One Voice.
Volunteers work on this project giving hours of their time – of course it would not be possible without them. Many volunteers are people who have participated in the programmes. The following are some of the activities done with the help of our unpaid volunteers:
- hanging and swapping of artwork in the cafes and pop-up exhibitions
- helping the camera handout in July
- the exhibition selection panel
- helping the participants select their 5 photos for the exhibition
- helping the public vote week in August
- editing and proofreading the exhibition captions and the MyLondon calendar
- helping participants sell the calendar in the market
- mentoring the photography group
Michael Allwright contacted Café Art in September 2015 and by November MySydney
was a reality. Michael and Sophie Smit partnered with the Wayside Chapel, a centre focused on the connection between homeless people and the wider community, handed out cameras and produced the MySydney calendar in November. In December MySydney had a feature article on ABC
and the Daily Telegraph.
In November 2015 a delegation from The Booth Centre and Manchester Council visited São Paulo with Paul Ryan and other UK homelessness representatives and a few months later they were handing out cameras in their own project in Manchester, resulting in an exhibition in March 2016.
A group from Toronto called Ve’Ahavta
approached us after the Kickstarter video. MyToronto is now in the planning stages. They are building infrastructure and acquiring sponsorship before they start in 2017 for the creation of MyToronto 2018 Calendar. The Toronto organisers have put us in touch with an international school based in Canada called MEI Academy who is sending high school students to volunteer in the creation of the MyLondon 2017 Calendar. Students who participate will get credit for their assistance in Canadian school system and MEI Academy will incorporate worldwide volunteerism into their global curriculum.
Heather Milton and Elisabeth Perez are working with many local homelessness organizations in the New Orleans on the MyNew Orleans Photo Project. They have connected with the New Orleans Photography Alliance and in early April 2016 went to the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) conference in the University of California in Berkeley California.
The meeting brought together more than 1,200 innovative student leaders to make Commitments to Action in CGI U's five focus areas: Education, Environment and Climate change, Peace and Human Rights, Poverty Alleviation, and Public Health and they used the photography project with people affected by homelessness in New Orleans as their proposed project idea.
Paul Ryan from MyLondon ran this project in São Paulo in November 2015. The project was initially a one-off pilot as part of an exchange between arts-based enterprises. Organized by With One Voice
with the People’s Palace Projects
, as a pilot it was a success in many ways, including the photography contest and the media attention it received.
The MinhaSão Paulo calendar
was sold by the participants of the project and Café Art in London also sold 120 calendars. Café Art does not have a permanent base in Brazil (yet!) but we do have a great website which was created for us for the project. It might give other projects an idea about how to promote a project. See the Café Art MinhaSão Paulo website here
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