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The Coffee Art Project

28 - 31 March
London Coffee Festival, Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London
Event Description: 
The Competition
The Brief: Produce a piece of artwork that represents a creative, unique and personal connection to the concept of 'coffee' or 'coffee culture'.

We encourage you to be as free as possible in the expression of your art. The work submitted can be any form, including painting, drawings, photography, film, design, sculpture, conceptual art, etc., providing that it has a justifiable conceptual link to ‘coffee’ or ‘coffee culture’.

All submissions will be evaluated by a panel of judges via four criteria: creativity, impact, relevance to the topic and spirit of humanity.

The top 30-40 pieces will be exhibited at The London Coffee Festival (28-31 March 2019).

The competition is free to enter and we accept work from individuals or on behalf of teams.

London 2019 PRIZES:

  • Winning artwork: £1,000
  • Two short-listed runners-up: £250 each
  • London Coffee Festival visitor's award: £250

Key Dates:

  • 13 March 2019: Deadline for registration at 23:00 (GMT)
  • 20 March 2019: Deadline for artwork receipt at 17:00 (GMT)
  • 28-31 March 2019: Exhibition of the top 20-30 artworks at the London Coffee Festival, Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane
  • 31 March 2019: Competition results announced at 3.00pm, live at The London Coffee Festival
  • 3 May 2019: Deadline for collecting unselected artworks

At the festival: We will have a stand which will have a gallery of 30-40 quality pieces of artwork. For visitors to view. All artwork submitted will be available for the public to buy at the festival.

Over the duration of the festival selected established judges will decide on who the winner and runners-up will be. While the public will have the chance to vote for their favourite submission to the exhibition too.

The competition is free to enter and we accept work from individuals or on behalf of teams. For more information and to register please click here.

The Coffee Art Project is a high profile, international art competition aimed at showcasing the talents of emerging and established artists, with work linked to the theme of coffee and coffee culture.

The competition encourages and supports talented artists by giving them a platform to gain high profile exposure and showcase their work to a vast new audience.
50% of the sale of each piece supports Project Waterfall, an initiative that positively impacts the lives of people in coffee growing communities by increasing access to clean drinking water and sanitation.

Concept: The Coffee Art Project is a high-profile art competition inviting artists to interpret the theme of coffee.

Artists at all levels can enter one piece of artwork that connects to 'coffee' and/or 'coffee shop' experience. There is no restriction on media used; sculpture, painting, installation, photography and mixed media art works are all eligible and welcome, providing that they have a justifiable link to coffee.

We aim to:

  • Support and encourage artists by providing them with a platform to showcase their work.
  • Promote coffee culture.
  • Raise money to bring clean water and sanitation to coffee-growing communities.

Our journey so far: Following on from the success of The Coffee Art Project in London, Milan, Amsterdam and Paris, where more than 400 inspirational submissions have been received - the competition now enters its seventh year in London and its fifth year in New York City. 2018 also saw the programme launched in Los Angeles. In future we plan to extend the programme to other major cities across the world.
Why: The Coffee art Project supports Project Waterfall, which is committed to bringing clean water to communities which grow our coffee through the Allegra Foundation and other registered charities.

So far, Project Waterfall has raised more than over £1 million and delivered clean water to over 37,000 people across 7 countries in partnership with WaterAid, Charity: Water and Water for People.

We Value:

  • Nurturing talent and creativity
  • Respect
  • Social Responsibility
  • Freedom of expression
  • Our model:
    The Coffee art Project is a non-profit initiative aimed at encouraging artists by providing them with an open platform to showcase their works.

    We are funded by donations, sponsorship and art sales. All works must be for sale in the exhibition(s) and on the Coffee art Project on-line gallery. For each artwork sold, 25% is given to the artist, 25% is used to fund administration costs, 50% will be donated to Project Waterfall.

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