Support to Cafe Art
As part of the educational charitable work in which the RPS is engaged, Members from London Region support the photographic activities of Cafe Art, a social enterprise company which helps people who are homeless or affected by the effects of homelessness through art and photography. CafeArt produces and sells a calendar of images taken by people who are or have been homeless which is sold by the photographers who receive “commission” with the balance of income supporting CafeArt’s activities.
London Region Involvement
In 2018, we started a structured photography mentoring group for photographers who have participated in the calendar project. It meets typically twice a month with field trips around London followed a week later by online feedback and learning sessions. Members of the group participate in an annual exhibition (2023: Brixton Library; 2024: Putney Library) to showcase their work.
IN 2016, we started supporting the "My London" Calendar Project. CafeArt gives up to 100 single-use film cameras to people who are or have been homeless and they have one week to take 26 pictures of their London. We help with the shortlisting of images to select the 25 which go to the public vote to choose the thirteen which appear in the calendar. At the time of calendar launch, we assist with a small exhibition and “awards ceremony.”
There are opportunities for Members to help with the mentoring programme and also help with the annual camera handout.
We also support a small independent charity called KICK-IT-OUT, by providing volunteer photographers at their events. KICK-IT-OUT enables, facilitates and works with the football authorities, professional clubs, fans and communities to tackle all forms of discrimination. we are always keen to hear from members who would like to join the our pool of photographers.