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This Is Where I Live: homeless art from New York, Berlin, Mumbai and London

Paintings from twelve artists from New York, Berlin and Mumbai join four from London at Diorama Arts Centre as part of Cafe Art's international art exhibition exchange This Is Where I Live from Friday 7 April until mid May.

The exhibition is being held in all four cities, with paintings from each city being exhibited in each city.

This Is Where I Live started in 2013, and has grown from the original exchange with fresh art in New York, which resulted in memorable videos from New York to London connecting them with the London artists who replied with their own video to New York.

fresh art creates artistic and personal development opportunities for disadvantaged and underserved adults in New York City through fine art exhibitions and workshops. The organization raises public awareness and recognition of these artists' work and talents by building partnerships with social service agencies, residences and community groups. fresh art is dedicated to promoting art as a tool for personal expression, creative growth and positive transformation.

Berlin's Gitschiner 15 joined the project in November 2015. Art despite poverty is the motto for Gitschiner 15. They provide cultural and health services for the lowincome and homeless in Berlin, and have a thriving art group.

It is the first year for Pehchan in Mumbai. Pehchan is a community-based NGO that helps homeless citizens in Mumbai build a life of dignity and fulfillment. The word ‘pehchan’ in Hindi translates as “identity”.

Each organisation has sent four paintings to the other three and exhibitions are being held in all four cities in April and May.

The idea behind it is to have fun, make connections and have paintings exhibited in major cities. The issue of homelessness is international and by talking about it Cafe Art hopes to draw attention to the issue in a creative way. Like the other projects run by Cafe Art, from the first art calendar, called ONE, which united artists from different homelessness charity art groups in London, to the annual MyLondon photography project, the goals are to empower people through creativity.

London: Diorama Arts Centre, Regent's Place, 201 Drummond St, London NW1 3FE Fri 7th April - Sun 14th May 2017 (closest tube stations Warren Street and Euston)

Berlin: Social- and Cultural Center/Alcohol-free Café, Gitschiner 15, Gitschiner Straße 15, 10969 Berlin Wed 12th Apr - Wed 31st May 2017

New York: St Margaret’s House, 49 Fulton Street, New York, NY 10038, USA Mon 3rd Apr - Wed 31st May 2017

Mumbai: Various Colleges and Universities in Mumbai, India Mon 3rd April - Sun 30th April 2017


Please come to Diorama Arts Centre on Thursday 11 May 2017 from 5.30pm - 7.30pm and meet the London artists. We are holding a workshop day at Diorama earlier in the day and we have asked everyone who wants to stay to do so and meet the public.

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