David Tovey


Photo by Lucy Morris
The loss of his health, his business, a relationship and a home left David Tovey feeling like he had little choice but to end his life. Thankfully a park attendant named Gavin stopped David and asked him what was wrong.

David has since exhibited in internationally recognised galleries such as the TATE Modern and TATE Liverpool, founded the ONE Festival of Homeless Arts and become a recognised social commentator and advocate for the homeless. David still finds the time to volunteer teaching art at two charities including The Pilion Trust, who supported David when he came off the streets.

When Hopeful Traders approached Café Art looking for the first collaborator for the still in concept brand, Café Art immediately brought up David's name and his work. At the time David was busy creating his first Man On Bench Fashion show to create awareness around homelessness, despite dealing with ongoing health issues.

David has chosen to support The Outside Project, who launched the UK's first  LGBTIQ+ Crisis/Homeless Shelter & Community Centre.

I hid my sexuality for years because of the fear of losing everybody close to me. When I did finally come out i was extremely lucky that i had support from my family and friends. In the end I didn’t lose anyone close to me, instead they all embraced me and my way of life. Sadly not everyone who comes out has the same experience I had. So many are disowned and thrown out onto the streets, they lose everything. They’re abused, beaten and taken advantage off. They’re lives ruined and destroyed just because of who they love.
- David Tovey on why he chose to support The Outside Project
5% of sales from David's collaborations go to The Outside Project and David receives 10%