With a local focus, David’s curatorial practice investigates issues of sustainability and precarity of artists’ practice in Scotland. He currently manages a new art initiative called Artists’ Tuck Shop aimed at supporting artists whose creative careers are often sidelined due to the commitments and requirements associated with balancing jobs in other sectors.
David seeks to work with artists to produce projects that ultimately act as support structures for nurturing the development of emerging/early-career/financially vulnerable artists.
In 2018, David completed an MLitt in Curatorial Practice between Glasgow School of Art and University of Glasgow.
For his Masters project, he ran an event called Artists’ Spread at Glasgow’s Project Café, which sought to raise a dialogue around the sustainability of artistic careers and the financial vulnerability of artists. This took the form of a pop-up restaurant run entirely by practicing artists who also maintain employment in the hospitality industry.
An exhibition at the Tontine Building, Glasgow took place in September 2018, documenting the one-night-only event with images taken by Cristina Riley, alongside newly commissioned artworks from the event created by Angeli Bhose, David Fagan, Eilidh McKay, Robert Thomas James Mills, Stuart Noble, Ameena Nur and Emma Rogers.
Prior to this David co-founded Visual Artist Unit (2014-2018), a Scottish-based artist collective that helped support the professional development of emerging and early-career artists. In his role as Co-Director of Visual Artist Unit he helped organise a wide range of public engagement projects involving emerging/early-career artists including the Pillow Talk series (various venues across Scotland) featuring the likes of David Shrigley, Graham Fagen, and Rachel MacLean alongside recent art school graduates, the VAU Members Shows (nomadic group shows of emerging artists’ work held in various venues across Scotland from 2014-2017) and Toaty Wee (2015), an open call exhibition of small scale works at Crownpoint Studios, Glasgow.