The photos in the MYBRIGHTON & HOVE calendar were created from a five-day photography contest in early July 2018. One hundred people affected by homelessness were given single-use cameras. With training and support from volunteer photographers, the contest produced more than 3000 images of Brighton and Hove as seen from the perspectives of people affected by homelessness. 

Public choose 2018 calendar photos

An experienced panel of judges including photographers who have experienced homelessness chose an exhibition. From this selection, the public voted for their favourites and this helped us choose the calendar.

Connecting people through photography 

All the winning photographers are involved in the calendar production, providing stories and photographs as one of the aims of the project is to connect people through the narratives as well as the images. Homelessness can affect many people and everyone has a different story. The goal of this calendar was to increase understanding of the issues surrounding homelessness in a positive way. All the winners in the exhibition will receive prize money. All the prize money comes from income earned from the sale of the calendar.

From October participants in the contest will sell the calendar for £9.99. The sales model is the same as the Big Issue magazine: vendors earn 50% of the sale price. The goal of this project is to empower people to help themselves and gain confidence while earning money for themselves at the same time.

Stuart, a MYBRIGHTON & HOVE Photographer discussing his work at the Public Vote exhibition at ONCA Gallery in July 2018

Stuart, a MYBRIGHTON & HOVE Photographer discussing his work at the Public Vote exhibition at ONCA Gallery in July 2018

Our Mission 

Café Art, and MYBRIGHTON & HOVE's mission is to connect people affected by homelessness with the wider community through art. We achieve this by:

Inclusion: Participants are involved in the whole process, from learning photography skills to exhibiting in an exhibition. We encourage people to connect with each other and the wider community.

Empowerment: Self-esteem is one of the main goals of this project. By having their talents recognised, people gain self-confidence and this helps them move on to taking more control of their lives.

Work experience and skills: Selling the MYBRIGHTON & HOVE calendar gives participants skills and work experience.

MYBRIGHTON & HOVE Photo Project is partnered with Cafe Art and is a completely independent project from the fantastic My Brighton project started in 2000 by My Brighton and Hove. My Brighton and Hove is a living history of Brighton and Hove. They have won numerous awards both locally and internationally. Please visit their website and have a look at their work here