Lack of academic qualifications and a prison record ruled out a full-time teaching career for David White but, back in the early 1980s, appointments in adult education were made on a far more casual basis. If someone had a demonstrable skill, they could be employed with little formality.

And so it was that, while exhibiting his work at a craft show in Hebden Bridge in 1983, David was asked if he would like to teach potting part-time at Calder College (now Todmorden Community College) to a class of students with learning disabilities – an offer he enthusiastically accepted.

“Even a dot can be symbolic”
David White