Art competition

Chris Houlding with his "New York Panorama" artwork

Thank you to HSoA for supporting this project


What is the Art Competition?


This year Cafe Art's art competition was bigger and better than ever! Thanks to some extremely generous sponsorship from an individual donor, we were able to increase our cash prizes as well as create additional mentoring packages. So what was the competition? 

Our art competition was open to anyone that has experienced homelessness. Artists entered up to two images via email, which were judged by a panel of experts. Finalists were narrowed down to 20 which were exhibited at Hampstead School of Art from the 5 March 2019. A final judging and award ceremony gave prizes to the winners. 


Prizes were:


1st Prize - £350 cash and artist mentoring 

2nd Prize - £250 cash artist mentoring

3rd Prize - £150 cash artists mentoring


17 Finalist consolation prizes £50 


Judges included:


Isabel Landtry, Principal HSoA Foundation Course Director, Advance Course director.
Jimmy Lek, Founder of the Art Gemini Prize
Simon Richardson, Art Therapist

Clive Jennings, Founder and Director of the National Print Gallery



What were the mentoring packages?  


We are excited to announce that this year we have our first fine arts pilot mentoring program run by the talented Geraldine Crimmins. As a trained counsellor and professional artist, she will tailor make the support needed, from the cost of framing and materials to setting up social media accounts to further your development as a professional artist. 

The £500 will include one on one sessions with Geraldine, and the cost of materials such as paint, brushes, canvases, frames, entry into art education, business cards etc.


At Cafe Art we strive to help our artists progress personally and professionally, by offering our artists' this package we beleive they can make strides towards becoming successful, empowered, profitable artists. 


View our 20 winning finalists artworks below

View all entries for 2019 below

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