Ever wondered what a day in the life of someone living on the streets might look like?
CaféArt is a social enterprise which partners with independent cafes around the UK, who agree to display pieces by homeless artists on their walls.
Seeking to empower vulnerable people and recognize talent, CaféArt began their calendar project in 2014. In July 2016, 100 FujiFilm disposable cameras were given to rough sleepers in London. Participants were provided with a small amount of training from the Royal Photographic Society and provided with the theme ‘My London’ to document their lives. An incredible 2,500 photos were taken, to be narrowed down by the public to just 20 favourite images for the calendar.
‘Last year I nearly didn’t turn up for the project. I couldn’t even talk to anyone. I remember I arrived at the place, picked up a camera and I was gone. This year when we launched the competition I did a speech in front of 200 people… It’s amazing what a disposable camera can do for your self-esteem.’ David Tovey, Photographer.
Thanks to crowd funding website Kickstarter, over £17,000 has been donated in order to print the calendars. News of the project has been broadcast globally, on NBC Today Show and BuzzFeed to the Independent and Time Out websites. Funds generated will be used for a weeklong homeless exhibition in Spitafields Market from the 12th-18th October, which is open to anyone interested in learning more.
You can find CaféArt’s website here: http://cafeart.or.uk/