Promoting a sustainable environment with a wellbeing focus is a vital part of our lifestyle here at Regent’s Place. In collaboration with organisations and institutions from across the nearby Knowledge Quarter, we are delighted to host Thought Fest, a festival of innovation, sustainability and mindfulness taking place 5-6 October.
In celebration of our Thought Fest programme, we have commissioned a series of eco-themed artworks by David Tovey, a local artist whose connection with the positive impact of creativity goes beyond the usual boundaries. Formerly homeless, David Tovey is an artist, educator and activist whose artworks tackle hard-hitting social and ethical issues. Often crediting his artistic work for saving his life and aiding his recovery from mental illness, Tovey has been commissioned by Regent’s Pace to create a series of bespoke artworks that focus on the mental and physical benefits of our distinctive planting and wildlife.
Look out for him throughout campus on 1 October as he illustrates our Bug Hotels, Sedum Planting, Bee Wing planters and Launch, our bird flight inspired sculpture by Rebecca Newnham. In addition, he will also be capturing places and spaces nearby with an interest in sustainability and wellbeing. These varied and inspiring locations include the Medicinal Gardens at the Royal College of Physicians and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
David Tovey’s unique artworks will be on display from 3-6 October in the Thought Fest Studio at 17-19 Triton Street, NW1. Other Thought Fest events taking place at Regent’s Place include a Wellbeing Choir Workshop on Friday and an Innovation Trail with Camden Tour Guides on the Saturday. You can see more details about the full programme here.
About David Tovey
David Tovey is a formerly homeless artist, educator and activist who works in a wide range of media. He has exhibited internationally in locations such as the Atsa Festival Montreal, Somerset House, Tate Modern and Tate Liverpool. Frequently engaged in challenging projects such as Man on Bench and A Soldier’s Story, David has also designed the cover for The Big Issue and worked on numerous community initiatives. In addition, he is the founder One Festival of Homeless Arts, an annual celebration that celebrates and promotes the creativity of the homeless community. The 2018 edition of this event, part of which will be displayed by the Diorama Arts Centre at Regent’s Place, takes place during October, with a special World Homeless Day focus on 10 October.
You can find out more about David Tovey, his artwork and the One Festival of Homeless Arts at his website or by listening to this BBC podcast of his recent Radio 4 programme, The Art of Now: Outsiders.
Coming along? Share your photos and thoughts on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using #ThoughtFest18