Ey Up David Adika
As such a lovely, lovely person it is hard to imagine David spending three years in the army - even if it wasn’t as a fighter. He has a sensitivity and a sensibility in both his work, and his thoughts, that are very infectious, which makes him a pleasure to speak with. It was fascinating, although disheartening, to learn of his childhood as a Mizrahi (Middle Eastern Jew) in a mainly Ashkenazi (European Jew) neighbourhood and school system, and how those differences have now got even worse. They did, however, form him into a great artist and educator.
It was great to share our experiences of ending up teaching on the courses we loved as art students, and the insecurities of having to teach students not much younger than ourselves (and how it gets easier - naturally); and like all good educators, he dished out lots of good advice.