Formerly homeless ex-addict in recovery has fresh start

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

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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Hats off to you, Mr Taylor

Posted by on Dec 23, 2017 in News | 0 comments

We bid farewell to Mr Mick Taylor (1945-2017) today (20/12/17) as he was laid to rest at the City of London Cemetery and Crematorium, E12. He was a dear friend to one of the MyLondon 2018 photo winners, Lou Danby, who took a photo of him which made it into the month of January in the calendar. This portrait by Lou also won the Alex Davies Portrait Award. Friends gathered round to fondly remember Mick who was so much a part of Brick Lane's culture & history as well as the fabric of Spitalfields, including his renowned outfits, for more than 50 years. The Gentle Author of Spitalfields Life gave a touching eulogy as well as a wonderful tribute to Mick's life,...

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MyLondon Exhibition in Spitalfields

Posted by on Oct 3, 2017 in News | 4 comments

The annual MyLondon Photography Exhibition will hang in Spitalfields Art Market, Brushfield Street, London E1 from Monday 9 October to Sunday 15 October. The entire market has been given to Cafe Art to hang the photography exhibition which features 400 photos taken over five days in early July by people affected by homelessness. On Tuesday 10 October the 2018 MyLondon calendar will be launched at 1pm in the market. The calendar sells in the market until early January. This year the calendar will also be sold on the streets of London by participants in the project. The Arts Market will also host a market of paintings and photos for sale from artists who are...

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Farewell Mick Taylor (1945-2017)

Posted by on Oct 3, 2017 in News | Comments Off on Farewell Mick Taylor (1945-2017)

We were very sad to hear that Mick Taylor, one of the subjects in the upcoming 2018 MyLondon calendar, passed away on Friday 29 September. Louise Danby had taken a photos of Mick during the annual MyLondon Photography Project by Cafe Art in early July, with one of them getting into the top 20 exhibition photos. The photos will be exhibited next week in Spitalfields Arts Market, Brushfield Street. One photo of Mick was chosen for the 2018 MyLondon calendar which will be launched on World Homeless Day - 10 October 2017  - in Spitalfields Arts Market. Louise was a close friend of Mick and regularly visited him and took him for walks. Interviewed in August,...

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East London highlighted by Cafe Art in local project

Posted by on Sep 26, 2017 in News | Comments Off on East London highlighted by Cafe Art in local project


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Cafe Art Hampstead competition exhibition opens

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

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...

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