The Royal Photographic Society (RPS) mentors, who run the Cafe Art & RPS Mentoring Group have gone online while everything is closed down.
The group, run by Julian Rouse, aims to keep the group participants active from their own places, rather than meeting up. Since deciding to stop meeting together - 10 days before the government decided to ban meetings of more than two people - Julian has set up a website and WhatsApp group and is encouraging people in the group to submit photos to a daily contest page.
Cafe Art has had to cancel other projects this year because of the Coronavirus, including the annual This Is Where I Live art exchange between homeless artists in London, New York, Berlin, Mumbai, Dar es Salaam and Auckland and the annual Art Competition Exhibition. The MyLondon Photo Project, involving 100 people affected by homelessness taking photos of London, has also been cancelled this year, but there is still a plan to produce a 2021 calendar from the best photos from the past seven years and also a few from the international partners who have set up their own projects in Budapest, Sydney, New Orleans and Toronto.