New Exhibition " My Solitude"


Formerly Homeless Artist, David Tovey, brings acclaimed work to Gloucester Cathedral

Gloucester Cathedral will host a poignant collection of abstract artwork in an exhibition highlighting homelessness and mental health.  The artist, David Tovey has previously exhibited work at both the Tate Modern and The Tate Liverpool.

The exhibition entitled ‘My Solitude’ launches on Saturday 10 March 2018 in Gloucester Cathedral Cloister and will run until Friday 30 March.  Formerly homeless artist David Tovey seeks to raise awareness of contemporary social issues through art. Stark photographs and mixed media pieces are a powerful combination of beauty and hard-hitting reality drawing on the artist’s own personal experiences.

David Tovey’s work will be joined by that of renowned sculptor Ralph Brown (1928-2013). His life-size bronze ‘Clochard’, kindly loaned by Gallery Pangolin, returns to the Cathedral having been displayed as part of the internationally successful Crucible exhibition in 2010.  This sculpture depicts a cadaverous figure, movingly expressing the plight of the poor in the post-war period, and still has resonance today.

As part of the Cathedral’s community engagement programme the exhibition is a step towards raising awareness around homelessness, particularly bringing attention to The Annual Cloister Challenge which takes place this year in Gloucester Cathedral on Friday 23 March.

‘My Solitude’ has further benefited from the support of Gloucester City Mission, Gloucester City Homes, Gallery Pangolin, Gloucester City Library and Discover DeCrypt, who are working collaboratively with the Cathedral to recognize, promote and develop life-changing homelessness support services and activities available across the region.  

The Very Revd Stephen Lake, Dean of Gloucester said ‘This exhibition illustrates a powerful story of courage and hope through art. It is vitally important that we all understand the complexities of homelessness and how, as a community, we can welcome and help those in need.’

The public are invited to join a special, free launch event, including a talk by David Tovey about how his life experiences have inspired others and been represented in his art.

  • ‘My Solitude’ will be on display in the Cloisters of Gloucester Cathedral 10-30 March 2018. The exhibition will be launched by David Tovey at 2pm – 4pm on Saturday 10 March, with light refreshments on arrival, followed with a talk by the artist. This is a free event, however, spaces should be booked in advance to guarantee a seat. Contact Helen Jeffrey, Community Engagement Manager to secure your space: 01452 229838

David Tovey Art

David Tovey is a formerly homeless artist, educator and activist who works in a range of media. He is a photographer, painter as well as an installation artist and performance-maker. At the heart of David's practice is a very special quality - the ability to bring you to the subject in ways both beautiful and hard-hitting in equal measure in order to raise awareness about the social issues he tackles.

David has exhibited internationally in locations such as the Atsa Festival Montreal, Somerset House, Tate Modern and Tate Liverpool and he is also the founder of the UK’s first One Festival of Homeless arts.

He speaks regularly at housing and homelessness events and teaches art to people experiencing homelessness at the Pilion Trust and Passage Day Centre. His Man on Bench performances have earned him significant acclaim and have taken place on the pavement of the Southbank and the halls of Tate Exchange.

David Tovey


Cloister Challenge

An annual fundraising challenge to raise awareness of homelessness in the City of Gloucester and the surrounding areas. Individuals take part in a once in a life time experience by spending a night in the Cloisters at the Cathedral. Funds raised are donated to homelessness provision and charities in Gloucester, including Gloucester City Mission and the Cathedral Breakfast Club.

Martin Henshaw
01452 303070


Gloucester City Mission

Are a registered charity working with the homeless and other marginalised groups within the City of Gloucester and the local area. Hard-working volunteers come from a range of different Christian backgrounds, and together aim to take Jesus to the streets as they provide hot food, drinks and friendship to our street friends.

Dave Kinghorn
01452 901922


Gloucester City Homes

Gloucester City Homes is an independent registered housing association which provides a range of accommodation and support services. Working closely with Gloucester City Council’s Housing Options Team, Gloucester City Homes manages various properties that are designated for the use of households that are either under investigation by the Housing Options Team or have been accepted as homeless under the Homelessness Act 2002 and are awaiting permanent accommodation.

GCH Homeless Service manages three hostels that provide individual rooms with shared facilities as an alternative to Bed & Breakfast, and 24 self-contained flats that are used on a more longer-term basis. Aiming to provide a high standard of temporary accommodation that is safe & secure whilst at the same time arranging support to help them to prepare for more permanent accommodation.

01452 424344


Gallery Pangolin

Clochard Courtesy of the Ralph Brown Estate and Gallery Pangolin. As one of the few galleries to specialise in sculpture and related drawings and prints, Pangolin have an established reputation for works of quality and excellence by both Modern and contemporary artists.

01453 889765


Discover DeCrypt

Discover DeCrypt is the project to regenerate the Church of St Mary de Crypt and the Old Crypt Schoolrooms bringing them back into full use as a place of worship, a community hub and a venue for art, culture and learning, open and accessible to all.

01452 385070


Gloucester City Library

Offers a wide range of facilities and services to all residents of Gloucester. Provision includes: Lending services, PCs with internet access, Free public Wi-Fi, Free access to Which? Online, Fax service, Scanning facilities, Apply for a bus pass (if you don't have a computer), Bookstart, Home library service, Local Family and History Centre, Borrow musical scores and sets, Borrow play sets plus a packed programme of learning and family events.

01452 426973

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