In Conversation: Davey Jose (2001) with Bobby Seagull


We are delighted that Davey Jose (Mathematics, 2001) will be joining us online to discuss how his childhood spinal injury shaped both his art and tech know-how, in conversation with his brother Bobby Seagull of University Challenge fame (Hughes Hall, 2014 and Emmanuel, 2015, now a TV presenter, maths teacher, and author). 

Davey Jose pursues projects at the intersection of and inspired by art/science, which involve visual arts, technology, mathematics and film-making innovation, exploring themes such as disability and others. He does all this whilst working full-time in finance (from M&A, trading to research). 

In his recent series called The Cure, Davey draws upon his own experiences, painting damaged spinal cords and organs with an unapologetic rawness. He playfully contrasts this with reimagined paintings of iconic portraits from art history, as if each had orthotics like neck collars and body braces, which he has had to use. Davey tries to normalise disabilities and ask the audience to reassess how they view these injuries today – “it’s OK to be different and we should embrace our differences”. Davey’s art has been showcased globally from Korea to New York. His art was recently profiled by BBC 2 and exhibited at The British Library as part of their 500th Da Vinci anniversary celebrations.   You can read more about Davey in our most recent issue of The Fountain.

Bobby Seagull on University Challenge

Bobby Seagull is a school maths teacher who did his PGCE teacher training at Hughes Hall and his Masters in Education at Emmanuel. Since his time as captain of Emma on University Challenge, he has used his profile to become a public advocate for education. Before moving into education, Bobby was an investment banking trader at Lehman Brothers and Nomura, and qualified as a Chartered Accountant at PwC. Bobby is a regular contributor to Radio Four’s Puzzle For Today and a columnist for the Financial Times. He is author of The Life-Changing Magic of Numbers and co-presenter of the podcast Maths Appeal.

With his University Challenge friend, he co-wrote The Monkman & Seagull Quiz Book and co-presented two series of the BBC TV road trip Monkman & Seagull’s Genius Guide to Britain. Bobby is the resident brain on Channel 4’s new quiz show The Answer Trap. He is also National Numeracy ambassador and UK Libraries Champion. Outside of work, Bobby is a long-suffering West Ham fan – which occasionally leads to football disputes with his Spurs supporting elder brother Davey!