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.

11 Comments

  1. I love this idea, do the profits from the calendars go to help the photographers?
    It’s such a great gift to be able to help out someone else. 🙂
    Good job guys! The photos are great!

    • Thank you for your message and kind words. Cafe Art does not receive any Government funding or support. Profits from the sale of previous calendars (after paying for the print costs), went towards the vendors (who are either photographers themselves or people affected by homelessness – they buy the calendar from us for £5, and then sell it on for £10; making a profit of £5 for themselves), photo prize money, art vouchers to help with the purchase of art materials for the art groups, materials and frames for the photo exhibition, and to support the project.
      That is why the support from our current Kickstarter campaign to help towards the print cost has been great as it allows us to use all the market sale income for these activities. Many thanks for your interest and support, and let us know if you have any further queries.

  2. Hi, i’m very to see this project so human, and better, see the results and the beauty pics! Congratulations my friends!

    • Hi Dimas, Thank you for your kind words – appreciated! As you know, all praise to the participants and their talent, as well as big-hearted individuals, like yourself, for believing and supporting in the project. Thanks again! Best, Michael

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