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Introducing MyBrighton & Hove!

Posted by on May 11, 2018 in News | Comments Off on Introducing MyBrighton & Hove!

We are very very excited to announce that MyBrighton & Hove is happening this year, with the camera handout set for Friday 29 June! One hundred one-time-use Fujifilm cameras will be given to local people affected by homelessness, just like in London, Budapest, Sydney, Sao Paulo and Toronto. As with all the other projects, the goal is to empower local people with lived experience of homelessness. The goal is to engage people in a creative project that gives skills and connects people. Coming just eight days after the London camera handout (which will be again at St Paul's Cathedral), the Brighton & Hove project will initially be funded by a Kickstarter...

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New exhibition in new London Borough of Culture: Waltham Forest!

Posted by on May 10, 2018 in News | Comments Off on New exhibition in new London Borough of Culture: Waltham Forest!

Café Art arrived this week in Waltham Forest with an exhibition in Bru Coffee and gelato, just as the borough has been announced as the first London Borough of Culture. (more about the award here) Like all of the paintings we hang, all are for sale to the public with 80% of the sale price going to the artists and 20% back into Cafe Art to buy new frames. James Gray is a former rough sleeper and one of the exhibiting artists who attended the launch event, along with Waltham Forest councillor Ahsan Khan and members of the Bru team early this week. “I was sleeping rough on and off for three years” he says adding that he was living near Victoria...

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New York, Berlin, Mumbai, Melbourne and Auckland: This Is Where I Live

Posted by on Apr 27, 2018 in Featured, News | 2 comments

New York, Berlin, Mumbai, Melbourne and Auckland: This Is Where I Live

Please come to the opening of This Is Where I Live 2018 at the Old Diorama Arts Centre. This year we have had a great selection of works submitted from talented artists affected by homelessness across London which is being sent to the cities that sent us art. Because it's an international art exchange we are hosting the art from from marginalised artists from New York, Berlin, Melbourne, Auckland and Mumbai! Works range from delicate life studies through to collaborative collages. The works are diverse as this wonderful city, filled with intrigue and beauty, rough edges and beautiful flowers and colours. This exchange truly reflects the incredible talent that...

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Photography workshops begin!

Posted by on Apr 16, 2018 in Featured, News | 2 comments

Photography workshops begin!

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 Featured, News | Comments Off on Manipulating art: major exhibition with Cafe Art’s James Gray

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

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 | Comments Off on Huge interest in Cafe Art 2018 programmes

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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