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Well done to @cafeartuk after their campaign goes viral! #homeless #photography #londonphotofestival #LPF

We look forward to exhibiting some of the images chosen for the calendar at our Festival in May 2016.


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Help support @cafeartuk raise funds for their My London #photography #Calendar & help the homeless #london

The Cafe Art 2016 My London calendar is a social enterprise initiative for London homelessness art groups and individuals who have been affected by homelessness.

 In July this year, at St Paul’s Cathedral, 100 FujiFilm single-use cameras were handed out, with the theme My London. Training on how to use the cameras was given by The Royal Photographic Society [The RPS] in June, and again on the day of the handout.
 From the eighty cameras returned to us in July, more than 2,500 photos were developed. From these, 20 photos were chosen by the selection panel which included representatives fromFujiFilm, Amateur Photographer magazine, The London Photo Festival, Christie’s andHomeless Link.
Since 2012 sales of calendars have raised more than £45,000 for art groups, artists and vendors. This year we want to do it again but, first, we have to print the 2016 calendar and to do that we need your support.
 My London is a quality product – a real art calendar, with FSC certified paper and designed for free by top London graphic firm, Carter Wong Design. The contributors to the calendar – the winning photographers – all wrote or edited their own stories.
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.
 It will cost us £10,000 to print 5,000 calendars. This is due in three instalments in October, November and December. We want to put all the money raised on Kickstarter towards the first payment to the printer in October, as well as covering other launch costs (paying the photographers, framing the exhibition and mailing the Kickstarter rewards).
 The calendar will be produced by PrintHouse Corporation, a London firm. This will support the local economy and will also reduce the environmental impact caused by shipping product from an overseas printer.
The project is self-funding from calendar sales only, and receives no government money. We are supported in kind by The RPS and FujiFilm and endorsed by Homeless Link, the umbrella organisation for homelessness charities and organisations.

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Can you help @cafeartuk hand out #cameras? #photography #contest #helpingthehomeless

As you are aware, we sponsor Cafe Art by donating an exhibition space at the London Photo Festival as part of their annual Photography Contest

On Friday 3 July they will be handing 100 single-use Fuji cameras out from the Crypt of St Paul’s Cathedral in the annual Cafe Art Photography Contest and they are looking for volunteers to help them and other volunteers from the London chapter of The Royal Photographic Society.

The handout is from 12 noon to 2pm, on 3 July. They are currently doing workshops with art groups run by homelessness sector charities and participants will come from all over London on the day. Participants have three days to take the photos before returning the camera to them to develop. Over the past two years they have raised more then £45,000 directly for the participants and art groups and to fund the framing of art by people affected by homelessness.

Cafe Art is still a small grass roots organisation, and rely on the support of their volunteers so if you are free on the 3rd, please contact Paul:

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News from Cafe Art

We are delighted to be a supporter of this project – one of last year’s finalists exhibited at the Festival in May and sold both her images and I have been invited to judge the finalists for this year’s calendar.

Cafe Art’s Press Release:

We wanted to let you know that this year’s photo contest is being held today so keep an eye out for it in social media over the next few days!

As you know, this is where the images for the exhibition and calendar will come from. Over the past few weeks we have held participatory workshops with art groups all over London and today more than 100 people affected by homelessness will be given disposable cameras and asked to take photos of London at St Paul’s Cathedral.

With the Royal Photographic Society (RPS) the contest is for people who are sleeping rough or have been recently homeless. The goal is to build self-esteem and confidence and the photographs will result in a calendar which will be sold in markets like the Big Issue later this year.

The cameras were donated by FujiFilm UK.

Dr Michael Pritchard FRPS, Director-General of The Royal Photographic Society, said ‘The Society is pleased to lend its support to Café Art which has had such a positive impact in supporting and working with homeless people. It is well known that art and photography can help raise an individual’s confidence and sense of worth which can be as important as more tangible benefits. This competition will contribute to that as well as raising awareness of the problem of homelessness.’

Last year the calendar sold out after selling in Spitalfields Market, St James’s Piccadilly and Camden Lock Market giving homeless people work experience and an income. It earned almost £30,000 which was split between the photographers, calendar vendors and art groups.

This year the print-run will be doubled and more markets will be hosting a table to sell the calendar.

The homeless photographers come from more than 12 London homelessness organisations including Crisis, St Mungo’s Broadway, 240 Project, The Connection at St Martins-in-the-fields and Providence Row.

The project is a self-sustaining social enterprise which pays for itself and earns money for people affected by homelessness with their own efforts.

After the cameras are handed out several of the participants may go and take photos with members of the RPS, though they have five days to take all 27 shots.

We will have winning photographs from last year’s contest at the event who can talk about their experience. Like last year, the contest will end up producing an employment-generating calendar and will be launched at a week-long exhibition at Spitalfields Market from 13-19 October.

Media coverage of the final results from last year’s contest: