Ever wondered what coffee and art have in common? Let’s face it, probably not. But, when I went online to buy my ticket for the London Coffee Festival, I came across the Coffee Art Project which combines coffee and art to raise money for charity.
The Coffee Art Project first ran in London in 2013 and gives artists the opportunity to submit work that relates to coffee or an experience with coffee. Artists can use any type of media they want to, from sculpture to photography and anything in between – the only criteria is that there must be a link to coffee.
Katie, a 19-year-old lover of coffee says: “For someone who is a huge coffee lover and finds coffee essential for my daily routine, I think it’s such a cool idea to make art by using coffee.”
Artists who submit their work are critiqued by a panel of judges which is made up of artists and industry professionals. The winning artist is awarded with a cash prize of £1,000 and three runners-up are awarded with £250.
The competition has taken place in several cities around the world such as Milan, New York and Paris. It will soon be launching in Buenos Aires, but not before taking part in the London Coffee Festival which takes place this weekend. Visitors to the London Coffee Festival will be able to vote for their favourite piece of artwork.
The submitted pieces are auctioned off, with some pieces being sold for over £1,000. All money raised by the Coffee Art Project is donated to Project Waterfall, a charity which aims to bring clean drinking water and sanitation to coffee growing communities around the world.
Since 2011, the charity has raised over £285,000 and provided clean water and sanitation to more than 13,000 people in coffee growing countries such as Tanzania and Ethiopia. 90% of coffee comes from third world countries and 60% of people in these countries do not have access to clean drinking water.
Anna, a 19-year-old art lover who had never heard of the Coffee Art Project before, says: “I think it’s a fantastic idea and I’d love to take part! Seems like a really good way of getting the community together to do something good for a community elsewhere.”
Ali, a 22-year-old Londoner says: “I think using coffee, something that is used every day worldwide and combining it with art is cool, creative and imaginative! What’s even better is that it is done for charity.”
The London Coffee Festival launches UK Coffee Week which takes place from April 10th – 16th and all of the donations it receives are given to Project Waterfall. The London Coffee Festival is open to the public from April 7th – 9th and adult tickets can be purchased online for as little as £16.50.