Visual Arts

Jehan is David Yates. His art is born out of the Punk/DIY ethics of the late 1970s, which is still incorporated into the work. A survivor in Thatcher’s Britain, David spent his time in the 1980s between temporary care jobs, signing on and playing in post-punk garage bands.

In the 1990s he developed a huge repertoire of skills through Community Arts work, ranging from traditional batik and willow weaving to digital video and sonic art. Using his skills David has organised and delivered over 300 arts projects to young people. In the early 2000s he focussed on managing and developing larger arts projects such as Leeds Centre for Indian Music and Dance and Wyvern Arts. Since then he has organised festivals, gigs, workshops and exhibitions, and curated film programmes for Leeds International Film Festival Fringe.

David began working with cameras in March 2007 under the mentorship of Ron Sluik.The work he produces attempts to address personal struggles such as isolation and depression, and wider issues including racism and environmentalism.

In 2008 David received an Arts Council award to develop his creative practice and establish a community darkroom in North Yorkshire.


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