2017 is shaping up to be an exciting year for Café Art Australia. After 2 emotional and rewarding competitions run in 2015 and 2016, in which we were able to positively impact many people’s lives and bring together groups of people – those affected by homelessness and those not – to talk about art and photography and things that are meaningful to them, we are now riding the momentum going into this year.
This year, after PrintCraft kindly printed 1000 calendars for us at cost price, we were faced with a dilemma. After the design of the calendar was stalled and there was a challenge with calendar delivery, we had exactly 3 weeks until Christmas to sell the calendars.
IF YOU WERE TO CAPTURE YOUR EXPERIENCE OF SYDNEY IN ONE PHOTO WHAT WOULD IT BE?
IN JULY AND AUGUST THIS YEAR WE HANDED OUT 95 DISPOSABLE CAMERAS TO THOSE AFFECTED BY HOMELESSNESS THROUGHOUT THE SYDNEY AND WESTERN SYDNEY REGION. THE PARTICIPANTS HAD A WEEK TO TAKE PICTURES OF THEMES IMPORTANT TO THEM.
There are over 100,000 homeless people in Australia. 25% of these are aboriginal/Torres strait islanders, a far higher rate than their natural occurrence. Over 30% are 19-34, also an over-representation. Photography and art provide a means to share stories, to engage with emotions, to accept oneself on the road to recovery.