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See Sydney through the eyes of those affected by homelessness - photography competition, exhibition, calendar and documentary.
See Sydney through the eyes of those affected by homelessness - photography competition, exhibition, calendar and documentary.
34 backers pledged AU$ 4,061 to help bring this project to life.

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Want to see Sydney through the eyes of those affected by homelessness? To help connect people affected by homelessness with the wider community through their art?

There is a simple way you can help our cause: Purchase our 2018 MySydney calendar, which showcases the artwork and stories of the homeless participants. We are seeking funding to extend this project into next year and to start growing it beyond Sydney.

Photography Competition:  

This year our photography competition saw 100 people affected by homelessness take pictures over 5 days. The photos are exhibited, voted on (both by critic photographers and the public) and compiled into the 2018 MySydney calendar. We did not set a specific theme other than the title of "My Sydney" as we wanted the artists to show us what that meant to them. A panel of judges distilled 1100 images down to a final 20.  

Exhibition:  

The final 20 images were exhibited in Newtown at Lentil As Anything, King Street, during August 2017. We invited the public to come along and vote for their favourite images. The exhibition features a photo wall that includes 3 images from each photographer who participated in the project. It is a great opportunity for the public to meet and interact with the artists, who will be showcasing their work. 

Calendar:

We feature the top 13 images as selected by the public at our exhibition in the 2018 MySydney Calendar. The also features stories about each photographer and their thoughts behind their image. This serves as the primary platform to link the artists and their work to the wider community. We invite homeless photographers to purchase the calendars from us at half price, thereby earning a supplementary income selling them at markets and in Sydney.

 Café Art Australia has several goals: 

 •To empower people affected by homelessness, through their art and through deepening their connection with members of the wider public they don't normally interact with.

 • To tell the stories of individuals who are affected by homelessness,

 • To raise awareness of the general public to challenges experienced by those impacted by homelessness from the personal perspective of the participants.

 What we do with any surplus generated: 

 In addition to printing and distributing calendars, we also hang A3 images with stories in corporate boardrooms, thereby spreading awareness. We have begun filming a documentary featuring the lives of those involved, that should go further to raising awareness and confidence.

Here are the 13 photographs that have been selected by public vote for the 2018 MySydney Calendar:

Cover Shot: "Captain Jack" by Shane Ross
Cover Shot: "Captain Jack" by Shane Ross

 

January, "Getting By" by Tania
January, "Getting By" by Tania

 

Feb - Mostafa: Shark Park Day
Feb - Mostafa: Shark Park Day

 

March: "Shoes" by Brkic
March: "Shoes" by Brkic

 

 

April: "Lucky" by WFBC
April: "Lucky" by WFBC

 

May: "Connection" by Cate K
May: "Connection" by Cate K

 

June: "The Washing Line" by Kylie
June: "The Washing Line" by Kylie

 

 

August: Mr Raffles by WFBC
August: Mr Raffles by WFBC

 

September: "Crystal Ball" By Logan Archer
September: "Crystal Ball" By Logan Archer

 

October: "Starting Again" By Marina
October: "Starting Again" By Marina

 

November: "Bush Camp" by Shane Ross
November: "Bush Camp" by Shane Ross

 

December: "The Sun" By Katherine Temple
December: "The Sun" By Katherine Temple

 

Risks and challenges

The risks of the project are that it is unfunded, or that we are unable to hand out all 100 cameras in the future. There are also challenges selling a quantity of calendars, as they potentially go out of fashion. We try to engage businesses and the community to mitigate this.

There are risks associated with putting people's work in print and using their names - many of these individuals are at risk, so we are careful to ensure this is the first priority, and we will often not share photographs of the participants or their real name as a result.

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    Early Bird Calendar

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    1 calendar and 1 print

    1 calendar and 1 print of your choice from the top 13 images

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