David has been 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 Play house, The Oval Theatre and Questors Theatre Ealing.
In recent years he has worked with a number of local charities on art related projects. This includes conducting workshops for The Powerhouse, a charity in east London run by and for women with learning disabilities.
His experience of public art programmes extends overseas and includes working on 'New York City is a Rollercoaster' the first collaboration between NYC Department of Transportation, the Office of the Mayor andGroundswell 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.
Community Art is a valuable and under utilized communication tool, often overcoming the obstacles behavourial and linguistic problems pose. Wherever possible art and creative initiatives should be supported due to the social, environmental and economic benefits they bring.Participants have the ability to learn new skills, enjoying a fun and creative process whilst seeing the fruits of their efforts. Children are keen to show their parents and teenagers and young adults are equally proud to show their work to their peer group and neighbours. David is very keen and enthusiastic towards working with others on projects which support community development, ownership and participation.
' David approaches tasks in a measured and thoughtful way, ensuring clarity of action and decision making. He has a calm control of situations and can be trusted to deliver. I have no hesitation in recommending him.'
Greham Raynham Director at Bond Bryan Architects Ltd
'David Emmanuel worked as an Art Session Facilitator for Powerhouse in Summer 2012... David was a great asset to the group, bringing creativity and a sense of fun to the Art sessions. Members warmed to him immediately and thoroughly enjoyed working with him. He is a confident teacher and is highly competent in facilitating workshops around art, expression and wellbeing.'
Former Group Facilitator, Powerhouse
‘David is an artist whose strokes of creativity are not limited to the use of a paint brush. As well as his art that was exhibited in the Ealing PopUpShop, David’s promotional ideas and imagination helped to make the Council-run pop up shop a resounding success. He was a pleasure to work with and I would recommend his work and services to anyone in need of artistic inspiration.’
Regeneration Department, London Borough of Ealing