Call out for Deaf creatives finishing college or studying at college in 2015


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Deaf Explorer want new Deaf talent to make creative interventions in Leeds Art gallery  Arthouse Wakefield, Baltic Newcastle Birmingham Ikon, and Beaconsfield, London?
Do you want to present your work at art galleries?
Are you a final year student studying art, design, digital media or performing arts?
Have you graduated with a degree or finishing your course this year?
Contact us at Deaf Explorer – we have exciting projects for you!

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


Rubbena Aurangzeb-Tariq


You, Me & Bollywood; I’m particularly interested to learn how Bollywood is experienced from and Indian Deaf perspective.

I’m Rubbena Aurangzeb-Tariq, a Deaf British Muslim artist based in London. I have a studio in London where I develop my work. Since 1992 I’ve exhibited in America, Sweden, Paris, Canada, and the UK. I create paintings and mixed-media installation pieces. Exploring culturally mediated separateness, difference, and points of shared understanding are key themes in my work. Traveling to India will offer me a unique opportunity to engage with the local and artistic community of Bollywood and experience it within it’s indigenous milieu. I will also participate in cultural exchange activities with the local deaf community through teaching debate, discussion and exchanging perspectives. The trip will enable me to get behind the received iconography of Bollywood and to develop deeper understandings and insights. This experience will become the basis for new installation artwork which I will exhibit in India and the UK.