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David Elliott

About David

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David Elliot Portrait

David R. Elliott

David is a visual artist and art-psychotherapist based in Oxfordshire, UK.

He works as an interdisciplinary artist with watercolour, acrylics, found objects and digital media and has recently begun a series planting oak sapling and provoking spontaneous poetry.

David has gained experience across diverse industries: he studied and worked in hospitality before an honours degree in theology in 1991 and was then ordained into the Church of England. Following a radical change of perspective, he studied graphic design and illustration from 1998 to 2000, and worked as a commercial illustrator before running arts-in-health programmes from 2007 to 2016.

In 2014, David qualified with an MA [distinction] in 'Art Therapy' at the University of Hertfordshire; he now runs a successful business as an art psychotherapist within special needs schools in Oxfordshire.

David worked with Danny Gregory's international 'Sketchbook Skool', delivering live online workshops, rom 2020 to 2022.

He continues to explore and explore personal spirituality through mindfulness, meditation, ecology, art-making and retreats. 

David is currently undertaking a two-year MFA (online) at Falmouth University, expanding his art practice.

Education

2022-2024

Falmouth University, Falmouth

MA Fine Art [online] - current

A two-year, part-time MA in contemporary fine art. With modules in collaborative practice, contemporary positions & practice, creative context, sustainability in practice and a self-directed final major project, completing in September 2024.

1999-2000

Cherwell College, Banbury

HNC Graphic design & illustration

A two-year part-time course in graphic design and illustration with practical training placements. 

1981-1984

Sheffield Polytechnic, Sheffield

HND Hotel, Catering & Institutional Management

A three-year, full-time course with practical and theoretical training in hospitality management.

2011-2014

University of Hertford, Hatfield

MA Art Therapy [disctinction]

A three-year part-time MA with practical training placements. HCPC recognised degree, qualifying graduates to adopt the protected title of Art Psychotherapist/art therapist, to register with the HCPC and practice as a clinical art psychotherapist in the UK. 

1988-1991

London School of Theology, Middlesex

BA [hons] Theology 2:1

A three-year, full-time degree in Christian theology, including modules on ancient near-eastern history, New Testament Greek, Pastoral Studies, Church history, ethics, hermeneutics and historical Christology.

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