Friends of late Big Issue vendor Kevin Headley have rallied round to remember his life with a grassroots exhibition and a memorial.
The veteran Hackney Wick seller, known as Kev, inspired an outpouring of emotion and tributes on his pitch outside the London Overground station after he died on May 5 last year aged 52.
As well as being a much-loved vendor, Kev was a well-known local activist who worked tirelessly to support homeless charities as well as curating local arts events and music festivals.
That tale will be told at a new exhibition kicking off today (April 26) at Undercurrents Gallery at The Bird Nest pub in Deptford. The opening day will also coincide with a clothes swap initiative as well as an open mic night and concert.
He made it his life effort to help others and bring people together to celebrate life and creativity regardless of the difficulties we may face in order to survive.
Karen Barnes, from The Minesweeper Collective which is organising the event, told The Big Issue that she is working with Kevin’s family on the to produce a memorial to be unveiled on the one-year anniversary of his death.
Karen said: “I have been in close contact with Kevin’s family since he passed away last year, particularly with his sister Jennifer.