Deaf Explorer intervention weekend British Art Show


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Deaf explorer artist networking event at Beaconsfield gallery 31 July 2015

Deaf explorer is an artist led group, founded by the winners of a travel competition funded by Arts Council England and wanting to continue to support creative deaf people and tackle the barriers deaf artist face to the mainstream arts provision through innovative and interesting projects and proposals.

We are a learning organisation, in that we want to learn more about the contemporary world and the context we are devising projects to inhabit and live. We therefore seek input and partnership with arts organisations so that relationships can evolve.

Our proposal for Leeds City Art Gallery on final weekend of the British Art Show 7 & 8 January 2016

A weekend project over the period of the British Art Show.

Our purpose to create an intervention on the British Art Show

We will invite deaf artists from England Scotland and Wales to participate.

The weekend will create a context for deaf artists to make a new work for audiences as individuals and as a collaborative process.

We will inform Deaf artists of the curators intention about..’the status of the Object at a time of increasing convergence between the real and the virtual. In today’s seemingly dematerialised reality, many artists are reconsidering the potential of the physical, revisiting skills and practices that have been overshadowed in the transition to the digital.’ (British Art Show press release April 2015)

We will invite them to consider the cultural term “Deaf” as an object and how it defines them, but specifically explore it’s current status now at a time of ‘dematerialised reality’ and ‘transition into the Digital’ where deafness like identity may be hidden.

It is hoped ‘play’ will be central to the art activity by the Deaf artists who are an extremely diverse set of people, with rich life experiences and multiple identities.

Who recognise that what we will do; and consider is interchangeable and transferable with other identities. Therefore using this attribute of our own “deaf’ identity we will engage all audiences.

The Structure of the project:

We will ask artists to research the British Art Show website to begin relationships with the art work before attending the week end.

We will ask each artist to bring an object to the gallery, in response to this research.

The morning will begin with a tour of the show, that is open to the public to join us, the tour will consist of works selected by the deaf artists and present their own interpretation, in preparation for their intervention later over the weekend.

Individual artists will either work on their own or collaborate but will be asked to privately engage with art works, in consultation with gallery staff.

Their will be a presentation for 2 hours or more and this will be open to the public audience.

During this session the artists will present their intervention and then follow this with discussion, sharing their reasons why, permitting the work to exist in the space with an audience, and have a dialogue with the audience.

We are also meeting deaf people who use Huddersfield Deaf Club and inviting them to the British Art Show on November 7 & 8 2015. Deaf explorer will also collaborate with DALES a service for Deaf people living in Leeds before the weekend to encourage deaf people living locally to attend the public sessions over the weekend.

Rubbena Aurangzeb-Tariq

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.

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A project in Birmingham involving deaf members of families led by Rubbena Aurangzeb-Tarig funded by Birmingham City Council & Deaf Cultural Centre 2013

Deaf Explorer at Beaconsfield, London, Friday 31 July 4.30 – 9pm

flyerPlease join Rubbena Aurangzeb-Tariq, Ruth Montgomery, Rinkoo Bargpaga and Rachael Veazey and Alan McLean with Guests Christopher Sacre and more on a summers evening at the wonderful Beaconsfield Gallery in Vauxhall, London.

31 July 2015     5 – 9pm arrive 4.30pm

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At the event with wine and nibbles you can find out and get involved in our plans with Leeds Art Gallery during the British Art Show, Arthouse, Wakefield – who are offering a residency with a flat and studio space and Baltic Mill Newcastle, and of course Beaconsfield where we want to begin a Deaf Arts Network that is about deaf artists working in art spaces, intervention, and socially engaged practice (or working with deaf people and bringing them into the arts), so we are part of contemporary visual arts in the Uk and abroad.

We welcome artists in any art form, including BSL poetry, we want creative deaf people who can work, respond and create new work in art spaces, and make site specific work.

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Call out for Deaf Artists


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Deaf Explorer want 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 and performance spaces?
Contact us at Deaf Explorer – we have exciting projects for you!

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!