Photography workshops begin!

Posted by on Apr 16, 2018 in News | 0 comments

Cafe Art got it's very first grant recently and we're proud to say it's for the RPS Mentoring Group that meets up on weekends to learn the basics of digital photography! Thank you Santander Foundation! We are going to use the £5,000 to develop the photography mentoring group run by Royal Photographic Society (RPS) volunteers Neil Cordell and Mo Greig. On Saturday we had the first meeting at the National Theatre and we are very appreciative of the team of volunteers from The RPS! After three years of the mentoring group being run on a shoestring budget, we were able to purchase a laptop to teach photo editing skills and we will have our first exhibition. The...

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Manipulating art: major exhibition with Cafe Art’s James Gray

Posted by on Mar 9, 2018 in News | 0 comments

Cafe Art has an artist in Face Value 2, a fantastic exhibition, which has opened in London which connects two artists though one painting. The concept is this: one artist does a painting, print or sculpture and then gives it to a total stranger to make their mark and add to it. Cafe Art's James Gray was given a Screenprint on paper by William Blanchard who called it UN FAIR. James had not met William and was just given the print with no instructions on what to do. At first look it didn't look like it was James's at all. His usual style is thick paint on canvas and only later does the subtlety sink in. James said that he had actually put one of his...

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Huge interest in Cafe Art 2018 programmes

Posted by on Mar 8, 2018 in News | 0 comments

We're being overwhelmed with enquiries from formerly homeless and currently homeless people who want to exhibit and sell their art! Following the successful launch of the 2018 programme last week, not only did we get more people emailing us from our current connections but we're also visiting as many homelessness-sector groups as we can. This year, we are focusing our efforts to connect with new people affected by homelessness and over the coming weeks we will visit many more groups.

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London students set up crowdfunder for Cafe Art

Posted by on Mar 1, 2018 in News | 0 comments

A group of five students from Westminster Business School have created a crowdfunding project for Cafe Art, launching it on Thursday 1 March. After hearing Café Art’s story from student and former MyLondon participant Kevin Farrell, they "knew this was the social enterprise we wanted to make an impact with". "We have been working with Café Art for the past several weeks and want to launch a successful campaign to further this not-for-profit company’s growth." Kevin Farrell was a participant in the MyLondon project in 2015. By 2016 he had got a job as a support worker with St Mungo's and the Haringey Alcohol Recovery Association and was instrumental in...

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Artists wanted!

Posted by on Mar 1, 2018 in News | 2 comments

Are you an artist who has been homeless or is still homeless? These are Cafe Art’s 2018 projects: This Is Where I Live is an art exchange between London, New York, Berlin, Mumbai and Auckland! Your painting could be sent to any of those cities or be hung in our London exhibition in May If you are interested email Sell your Art in a cafe! We hang art in London cafes. We will help you frame it. Contact The MYLONDON Photo Exhibition and Calendar Project starts in mid-June! The handout is at St Paul’s Cathedral (number limted to 100 people). We will be doing basic photography training in May...

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Formerly homeless ex-addict in recovery has fresh start

Posted by on Jan 16, 2018 in News | Comments Off on Formerly homeless ex-addict in recovery has fresh start

Geraldine Crimmins, the new artist in residence at the Old Diorama Arts Centre, has recently become self-employed thanks to her art and photography. Despite passing a “not fit for work” test which allowed an Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), Café Art artist and photographer Geraldine has focused on art to get back into employment with the help of the National Enterprise Scheme. “The only way I could get back to work was to become self employed, because I would have too many sick days [working in a regular job].” By also selling the MyLondon calendar this year she was able to fund her new art practice she says. “If I don’t sell [any art] for...

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