David Tovey

Artist, educator and activist

A photo of commissioner David Tovey

David Tovey is a formerly homeless artist, educator, and activist. At the heart of David's practice is a very special quality – the ability to bring you to the subject in ways both beautiful and hard-hitting, in order to raise awareness about the social issues he tackles. David has exhibited internationally in locations such as the When Art Takes Action (ASTA) Festival in Montreal, Tate Modern, and Tate Liverpool. He is also the founder of the UK’s first One Festival of Homeless Arts. He speaks regularly at housing and homelessness events and teaches art to people experiencing homelessness at the Pilion Trust, and Passage Day Centre. His 'Man on Bench' performances have earned him significant acclaim; taking place on the pavement of the Southbank, and the halls of Tate Exchange.

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