I am, quite simply put, a maker and a teacher of making. That may neatly embrace a lot of what I do, but it doesn’t really touch the heart of my interests or intentions. Having struggled for a long time to find a better job description, the one that I think I’m most comfortable with at the moment is .. practical investigator!
My own ‘making’ encompasses sculpture, model-making, painting, graphic work and design. My ‘teaching’ involves undergraduate or post-graduate lecturing/tutoring both here (England) and abroad; running my own short courses, whether independently or hosted by institutions; writing instructional books and articles. I am, for example, author of the (fairly successful) book Model-making: Materials and Methods and this WordPress site is meant to be a continuation or an ‘update’ of it.
Here is a list of the places/courses where I either work regularly or have given workshops/masterclasses to date:
Wimbledon College of Art, BA (Hons) Set Design for Screen, BA (Hons) Technical Arts & Special Effects, MA Theatre Design; Rose Bruford College, BA (Hons) Theatre Design; Central Saint Martins, BA (Hons) Performance Design and Practice, MA Performance Design and Practice; Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, MA Theatre Design; Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, BA (Hons) Theatre and Performance Design; Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, MA Theatre Design; National Film and Television School, MA Production Design; Victoria & Albert Museum, London; National Gallery, London; London South Bank University, BA (Hons) Architecture; Aalto University School of Art and Design Helsinki, BA Scenography; Royal Central School of Speech and Drama BA (Hons) Theatre Practice Design for Performance
See the sub-page to this one in the menu above for my current cv/work diary .. although, that reminds me, I haven’t had a chance to update it for a while.
Some of my past artwork can be found on my website www.david-neat.co.uk but .. and apologies for this .. since I have started using WordPress this website has become rather neglected. I have recently compounded that neglect by starting to put my older work in the Gallery here!
See the ‘How to use this‘ page for guidance on how to get the most out of this WordPress site!
Please note, from December 2015 until further notice I will unfortunately not be able to respond to comments or requests for technical advice. There are just too many coming in, and I have too much other work to concentrate on at the moment. However, the promise I always make to those whom I know or have taught still stands, you are welcome to email me and I will do my best to give you some kind of answer even if it has to be brief!
What follows explains how I approached this before, which I’ll leave here as it is because I hope to resume sometime.
‘Quid pro quo, Agent Starling’ …
I’m always open to being asked for advice! Often it gives me valuable information about the challenges people are tackling, it forces me to consider things I haven’t thought about, and it sometimes generates new ideas!
But on the other hand .. sometimes the questions get a bit too many to cope with! It’s never really a problem if I can answer with just one or two words .. but creative questions are rarely like that! In these ‘blogger’ times I’m sure that many people realize how much time it takes to develop and maintain an up-to-date information resource such as this and that, for a large part, my reasons for investing my time are so that I don’t have to answer the basic questions! I’ve tried my best to make the site as easy as possible to search, and to include new knowledge as soon as I have it so that .. at least eventually .. if it’s not here, I probably don’t know it! So I would urge you to search this site properly first .. don’t forget, for example, that the alphabetical lexicon contains not only definitions of technical terms, but information on materials and methods too, and that I’ve often included links to relevant articles.
But if you can’t find the answer you’re looking for .. and if your question is interesting .. of course you can ask me! But if you have more than just one or if this needs significant time to answer .. I will want something in return.
.. here’s the deal!
Basically, I will ask you to match my input with your own. This can take a variety of forms .. for example there may be something you can tell me about that I don’t yet know; there may be ways you can help in promoting or advertising this site; you may be able to lend me good, clear and interesting pictures I can use in my teaching. There are many possibilities! .. the common factor being that they just involve your time and thought, and not your pocket!
You can contact me directly, as others frequently do, by ‘commenting’ anywhere on this site, or if you want to contact me by email it is firstname.lastname@example.org