2015 Cafe Art MyLondon exhibition (and 2016 calendar)

This exhibition of 20 photographs was voted on by the public in August 2015 and the top 13 are in the Cafe Art 2016 MyLondon calendar.

See the London locations of the 13 images in the calendar (Thank you NBC Today Show for creating this) The permanent exhibition is hanging in the Qbic Hotel, 42 Adler Street, London, E1 1EE and a second set of the same photographs is in a touring exhibition.

Please check out the Kickstarter video on YouTube.

The project is a social enterprise and is self-funding from calendar sales only, and receives no government money. We are supported by The Royal Photographic Society [The RPS] endorsed by Homeless Link, the umbrella organisation for homelessness charities and organisations.

Where the photos came from

In July 100 FujiFilm single-use cameras were handed out to people affected by homelessness, with the theme My London. Photography training was given by The RPS in June, and again on the day of the handout at St Paul's Cathedral.

From the 80 cameras returned in July, more than 2,500 photos were developed, and 20 photos were chosen by the selection panel including representatives from FujiFilm, Amateur Photographer magazine, The London Photo Festival, Christie's and Homeless Link.

More than 2,400 votes were received for the top 20 photos at Spitalfields Arts Market in early August 2015, with the public being asked to choose the best photos for the 2016 My London calendar.

Project goals

We have several goals: helping people affected by homelessness to be empowered, not only through photography and art, but through connecting with the public. The calendar also has a goal of telling stories from individuals who are affected by homelessness, thereby raising awareness in the general public about issues from a personal perspective.

All the money raised goes back into the project, either to pay for the printing of the photographs and calendar, rewarding the winning photographers, buying art materials for art groups affected by homelessness or helping individuals attend art courses. Art is seen as a major way for people to recover from the trauma of being homeless.

The calendar is a social enterprise fundraiser for art materials for London homelessness art groups and individuals participating in the project. Since 2012 sales of the calendar have raised more than £45,000 for art groups, artists and calendar vendors affected by homelessness.

Another goal of the project is helping connect people affected by homelessness with the wider community though photography.


  1. I would love to organize this in America. How can I be involved?

    I am from Bellingham Washington. We have a growing homeless population here. And it is a smaller city. I feel like it would help bring everyone closer as well as give the homeless, especially the homeless youth, a sense of accomplishment and pride.

    • Hi Irina, Thanks for your email and kind words of support – appreciated. We are humbled in that we have a growing number of big-hearted individuals, like yourself, who are keen to start something similar in their own city. We are more than happy to share the template with you and will drop you a line shortly. Many thanks again…. Best, Michael

    • Hi Irina,
      Hope all is well! I’m just following up to see if you received our reply a while back. Let us know if you haven’t. Otherwise, just email us direct at info@cafeart.org.uk
      Many thanks again for the interest and support – it’s much appreciated.


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