Homelessness photography calendar in £4,500 fundraising bid
August 20, 2015
The 2015 calendar
The Café Art 2016 My London calendar aims to feature winning photos from this year’s Café Art Photography Contest.
The London-based competition, held in July, saw around 100 people affected by homelessness kitted out with Fujifilm single-use film cameras.
Café Art has now turned to Kickstarter to raise £4,500 towards the £10,000 it will cost to print 5,000 calendars.
‘Art is seen as a major way for people to recover from the trauma of being homeless,’ says Café Art on its Kickstarter project page.
More than 2,500 images, developed from 80 cameras returned to organisers, were shortlisted by a panel that included representatives of Fujifilm, The London Photo Festival, Christie’s and Amateur Photographer.
The public then voted for their favourite images, 12 of which will be published in the 2016 calendar.
The Café Art calendars have raised more than £45,000 for art groups, artists and vendors since 2012.
A key goal of Café Art is to empower people affected by homelessness, not only through art and photography, but also by connecting with the public.
The project is also backed by the Royal Photographic Society and endorsed by Homeless Link, an umbrella group for homelessness charities and organisations.
An exhibition of the best photos is due to take place at Spitalfields Arts Market in east London from 12-18 October.
The deadline to raise funds is 19 September 2015.
For full details, and to view images chosen for the 2016 calendar, visit the Kickstarter page.