Cafe Art is an organisation that connects people affected by homelessness with the wider community through their art. Every year, they hold a photography contest in July whereby up to 100 single-use
film cameras are handed out at St Paul's Cathedral, with photography training given by The Royal Photographic Society. Participants are those who are either currently homeless, have experienced homelessness in the past or at risk of becoming homeless through addiction or mental health issues. They are given 5 days to take creative images of the city, with the theme 'My London'. Their goal in this project is to provide them with skills and rebuild their confidence.
An independent panel of judges choose 20 out of over 4,000 images submitted. These are then exhibited at a special exhibition at Spitalfields Market, for a week in August, whereby the general public get the opportunity to select their favourite 13 photographs which form the My London 2018 calendar.
This is the 6th year of the project, and the calendar is sold in markets and Christmas fairs across London by homeless and people with a low income and volunteers to earn income and to raise money to fund this project.
Contest participants, Christopher McTavish and David Fussell, at the MyLondon exhibition in August.
The calendar makes the perfect Christmas gift for loved ones, friends and families as it lasts an entire year, and is seen and used daily. Not only that, your purchase will have a positive and direct impact on homelessness in London.
If you’d like to find out more about the organisation or Café Art will be selling My London 2018 calendars at our Christmas Food and Craft Market on 14 December.