David Emmanuel Noel is primarily a visual artist with a wealth of experience collaborating with musicians and performing acts. As a painter and illustrator, David has taught art and worked closely with bodies such as New York’s Groundswell Community Mural Project, the UK Department of Health, the Royal Institute of British Architects, National Network for Art in Health and the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children with an aim to promote the social and therapeutic benefits of art in public spaces.
Whilst a student, David was heavily involved in a number of community art initiatives in south London. This included a short period as a Director and Chair of The Brixton Artists Collective (BAC) in the early 1990s. After three years involved in BAC he co-founded Artsway Ltd, a promotion company for visual and performance artists in the UK. The company was behind several programmes combining art, poetry and music at London venues such as the Southwark Playhouse, The Oval Theatre and Questors Theatre Ealing.
David’s experience of public art programmes includes work with The Powerhouse, a UK charity supporting women with learning difficulties and 'New York City is a Rollercoaster', the first collaboration between NYC Department of Transportation, the Office of the Mayor and Groundswell Community Mural Project. A small team of artists including muralists Belle Benfield and Chris Beck, designed an image to modernise and rejuvenate the entrance to a 900-foot-long subway underpass previously seen as a dark and unwelcoming tunnel. It featured a vivid representation of the history and diversity to be found in Washington Heights.
David has also organised and contributed to a variety of art and music related fundraising events, collaborating with artists such as R’nB Singer Martine Girault, Darryl Yokley and the Grammy Award nominated US Band Kloud 9.