Social Enterprise Calendar Launched For World Homeless Day

ArtA photography calendar created by Brighton and Hove based individuals with experience of homelessness is to be launched on World homeless Day, Wednesday 10 October 2pm at the Phoenix Gallery in Brighton. The calendar launch will have an award ceremony to celebrate the photographers’ achievements.

 The MYBRIGHTON & HOVE 2019 calendar showcases images taken in the first MYBRIGHTON & HOVE Photo Project, which took place in June this year. 100 individuals with experience of homelessness were given Fujifilm Quicksnap cameras for five days, and took photos on the theme “My Brighton and Hove”. The social enterprise project is run locally entirely by volunteers, and supported by London Based Community Interest Company Café Art.

“MYBRIGHTON & HOVE Photo Project provides opportunity for individuals with experience of homelessness to share their narrative through photography, gaining skills and confidence.” MYBRIGHTON & HOVE Photo Project manager, artist Lucy Groenewoud says, “All money raised from the sale of calendars will go back in to the project to support further creative opportunities for individuals affected by homelessness in the city.”

 MYBRIGHTON & HOVE Photo Project has been working in partnership with local organisations who support individuals who are vulnerably housed or homeless including Justlife Creative Art studios, and Brighton YMCA.

 Briony Banks, Internal Communication and Client Engagement Manager Brighton YMCA says: “MYBRIGHTON & HOVE Photo Project has recognised the amazing talents of a group of people don’t always get the recognition they deserve. People who were given cameras were also given a platform to have a voice and show their perspectives of the world, which means those who took part have felt empowered and acknowledged in a way that is unfortunately rare.

“This project has enabled residents of Brighton YMCA to find a passion and purpose, some going on to photography courses, others having their work in a gallery to show their children, some will be able to earn money through their photos. We at Brighton YMCA are so proud of everyone who took part.”

One of the formerly homeless photographers who took part, Liam Bulpitt, says: “I have loved the project, it’s given me something to do and think about. I’m looking forward to doing more photography in the future.”

 The calendar will be sold at the Phoenix gallery and various points around Brighton and Hove from Tuesday 10 October where the participants earn an income from selling it. You can also buy the calendar and photographs online: www.mybrightonphotoproject.com/order-2019-calendar/
 
The printing of the 2019 calendar was part funded by over a hundred members of the public on crowdfunding website Kickstarter in August and September. You can view the Kickstarter video here: www.kickstarter.com/projects/cafeartmylondon2016/cafe-art-2019-mybrighton-and-hove-calendar
 
The exhibition showcasing images chosen from all participants in the project is showing as part of Brighton Photo Fringe at the Phoenix open Wed-Sunday 11-5 until October 29.