Deaf Explorer Visual Arts Exchange – Ikon Gallery – Monday June 16 2014, 12 – 4pm


Ikon Gallery Monday June 16 2014

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Deaf Explorer are currently sending invitations to deaf visual artists to attend our exciting networking event. If you would like to be invited please email or contact using facebook page.

We want to give deaf visual artists a chance to meet, introduce your work to the group,exchange ideas and look at funding and project proposals.

There will be representatives from Arts Council, Deaf Explorers Artists and DASH.

The programme for the day:

11:15am – tea/coffee and networking
12:00 Keynote presentations: Deaf Explorer artists & arts organisations
13:00 Discussion: Barriers to networking & funding / Arts organisations supporting visual artists
14:00 Presentations from deaf artists
15:00 Discussion: Opportunities to work together / Pitch project ideas
16:00 Finish

We are now planning a project that will involve many deaf artists. If you applied to deaf explorer in 2012 and you were unsuccessful, please have a look at our video. We do hope you get involved in the next phase of the deaf explorer journey, to get deaf artists working in the mainstream arts.

(closed captions available – watch on YouTube)

Email to get updates about event and covering travel costs if you want to attend. Please note limited spaces.


Cultural Boundaries: Rubbena Aurangzeb-Tariq

ART EXHIBITION & INSTALLATION by Rubbena Aurangzeb-Tariq

Friday, 11th October & Monday, 14th October
Show opening – 9am – 4:30pm
Free Admission

Unheard-Until-Marriage11The Deaf Cultural Centre Explorers are delighted to present the work of Rubbena Aurangzeb-Tariq, a British born artist from a Muslim upbringing. This provides a unique opportunity to meet the artist. Rubbena’s work explores cultural differences and tensions – drawing together western and eastern elements.

Rubbena’s recent work has been inspired by her involvement in Deaf Explorer which has enabled her to research Bollywood and Indian culture and take a fresh direction in the development of her art.

Her paintings produced during this time contain abstracted forms of hearing aids and ear moulds floating within a visually ‘noisy’ background of colours.

This new work will be presented alongside “Unheard until Marriage” 2011, an art installation dealing with the problematic nature in mainstream societies of not seeing beyond pervasive cultural stereotypes of Asian women’s culture, disability and deafness to achieve a deeper understanding of Deaf Asian women’s’ real life experience.

Sunrise: Meet the Deaf Explorers for Stories of Travel and Adventure

Def Motions' Deaf ExplorersSunrise: Meet the Deaf Explorers for Stories of Travel and Adventure
11 October, 7pm Tickets £7
For a creative, provocative and inspiring evening of storytelling, hosted by the insanely talented Jason Sharpe. You’ll get to meet 6 big artists, all jostling for centre stage.


Friday, 11th October
Show start 7:00pm

7.00 Meet your Brilliant and Funny host, Jason Sharpe

7.10 Learn how Bollywood is experienced from an Indian Deaf Perspective – Rubbena Aurangzeb-Tariq.

7.30 Flautist, Ruth Montgomery reflects on her work to change perceptions of how deaf people access music.

7.50 Comedian Rinkoo Barpaga will have you in stitches telling you about his first gig in New York.

8.05 Interval

8.25 Semhar Beyene and Billy Read tell us how Street dance troupe Def Motion explored the Orient. (open with Def Motion

8.35       BSL poet, Donna etc. etc.

8.40       Mary-Jayne – Making BSL Theatre

8.50   Semhar Beyene and Billy Read response using dance of visit the Orient

8.55        END

You will find out about deaf explorers travel meeting people in India, New York, Washington, Sweden, Norway, Singapore, and Hong Kong. Story night will have something for everyone, bringing a deaf perspective to poetry, music, dance, stand up comedy, theatre and visual art.

Finding Deaf Cultural Centre


Situated 1.7 miles from the centre of Birmingham, just off the Hagley Road, the Deaf Cultural Centre is well located and easy to get to.


Deaf Cultural Centre
(Known as The Signing Tree Conference Centre)
Ladywood Road
B16 8SZ

Sat Nav: B16 8SZ


We have a 17 space car park which includes 2 disabled spaces, which is allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. There is on street parking.

Download Map & Directions

By bus: the centre is close to bus routes 8, 9, 19,138 and 139.

By train: the cross city line connecting Lichfield and Redditch stops at Five Ways station, which is only a 10-minute walk from the centre. At peak times these trains run every 10 minutes.

For more public transport information please call 0871 200 2233 or visit the Traveline website.

The Sun Rises…An Explorers Festival of Deaf Arts

ProgrammeJoin Deaf Cultural Centre for our Explorers Festival of Arts

Download explorers-programme 11 Oct – 14 Nov 2013

Be inspired by our visually stunning, provocative and inspirational artists who will connect you to deaf arts in breathtaking and exciting ways….

Come to one, two or all three of our festival events in October 2013!

Sunrise: Meet the Deaf Explorers for Stories of Travel and Adventure
11 October, 7pm Tickets £7
For a creative, provocative and inspiring evening of storytelling, hosted by the insanely talented Jason Sharpe. You’ll get to meet 6 big artists, all jostling for centre stage.

Sunset: Showtime!
18 October, 7pm Tickets £10
The culmination of the festival – the Explorers invite you to join them for an extravaganza of comedy, dance, music, poetry and much more….

Cultural Boundaries: Rubbena Aurangzeb-Tariq
11 October – 14 November 9:30am – 4:30pm
FREE Exhibition of paintings and art installation by Rubbena Aurangzeb-Tariq, a British born artist who explores cultural differences through her work.

Attend the Festival & Come With Us On A Journey Of Discovery…..

  • Meet our 6 explorers, amazingly talented deaf artisans who travelled the world looking for inspiration and knowledge and a greater understanding of their art form
  • Learn about the creative process involved in bringing the productions to life
  • View a collection of artwork and an inspired art installation, from renowned artist Rubbena Aurangzeb-Tariq, whose work focuses on seeing beyond pervasive cultural stereotypes
  • Join us for an entertaining evening of poetry, music, dance, stand up comedy, theatre and visual artsGENERAL INFORMATION: All events suitable for audiences over the age of 12.

    All events take place at Deaf Cultural Centre, Ladywood Road, Birmingham, B16 8SZ

    Doors Open 6.30pm


    There are a number of ways you can get tickets for these events:


    TELEPHONE 0121 246 6100 or email

    All tickets need to be collected from the Deaf Cultural Centre and paid for 1 week before the event