Big Issue vendor Dave Martin is also an artist and recently had his own exhibition in London.
Dave, who has been a vendor for 8 years, started working on his artwork while on a corporate placement organised by The Big Issue Foundation, at the Northern Trust Bank in March 2016.
His love of Henri Matisse inspired him to try his hand at producing his own artworks, comprising abstract designs made from coloured card. By the end of that year he had completed 70 designs and has continued to create ever since.
Dave, who has a staple of regular customers at his Hammersmith pitch, struck up a conversation with a customer which would lead to an unusual partnership with data science company dunhumby.
Joseph Falzon, senior creative and production lead at dunnhumby, helped drive the idea to host an exhibition for the vendor.
“It came about when a group of us from dunnhumby did the Centrepoint Sleep Out last November. After that we decided that it would be good to help someone specifically in our local community in some way.