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Retrospective exhibition opens

Posted by on Jan 27, 2017 in News | 0 comments

The largest exhibition of Cafe Art's MyLondon photographs, from 2013-2016, opened in King's College London (KCL) last night when a group of photographers from the project were hosted by students from the Dickson Poon School of Law. The exhibition is in the lower ground level of Somerset House, London. The selection is from four years of the contest where around 100 one-time-use cameras are given to people affected by homelessness for five days in July. The theme is "my London" and results in more than 2,500 images being printed in black and white and colour, then narrowed down to 20 for the exhibition and then after a public vote, 13 for each calendar. The...

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From Bethnal Green with Love

Posted by on Jan 2, 2017 in Featured, News | 0 comments

From Bethnal Green with Love

Despite replacing the bar-tender with a barista, and a martini (shaken and not stirred, of course!) with a latte, Mr Bond can still catch the attention of the ladies. This time it's Erica Porter - the big-hearted lady who decided to purchase a framed photo of Mr Bond (cover of the MyLondon 2016 calendar) which has been on display at Second Shot Cafe in Bethnal Green. She decided to purchase it as a surprise gift for her boyfriend, Gerry, who regularly pops into the cafe for his caffeine fix. As with many of our sales, the human connection is what matters most. It gives a great sense of value and pride to be able to meet with the buyer (and vice versa), and...

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The meeting of heARTS @ Ezo Bistro

Posted by on Nov 5, 2016 in Featured, News | Comments Off on The meeting of heARTS @ Ezo Bistro

The meeting of heARTS @ Ezo Bistro

Painted by one heart, bought by another ..... When Farrah popped into her local cafe at Barking station - Ezo Bistro - she can't help but fell in love with one of the paintings on display. After coming back to view it a few more times while enjoying her cup of latte, she decided to take the plunge and emailed us. The painting in question was by James Gray - a very popular & talented artist loved by many of Cafe Art supporters. As many of you are aware, we are passionate for both artist and buyer to meet up when a sale occurs. This not only makes the transaction more meaningful, but it enables a share of stories and a human connection between two strangers...

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Chris Cheesman, Journalist

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

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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