Experiments Audiovisuality

Artists Nao Masuda percussion, Lisa Harker – Painter & Rubbena Aurangzeb-Tariq – Visual Artist all collaborate with flautist Ruth Montgomery at Arlington Arts Centre and involve pupils from Mary Hare School for the Deaf, where Ruth studied as a child. The first steps of an innovative sound and image project, conceived by Ruth Montgomery and funded by Arts Council England.

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Am I Funny?

Rinkoo-fMy name is Rinkoo Barpaga and I am Deaf and use British sign language. I am known as a Deaf stand up Comedian.  I have a solo show that’s tell my story. It’s called “Am I Funny”  I now want to tour the show again. Please book the show, audiences really like what I do. The show was presented in small venues and was nearly sold out in all but one. They include Arena Wolverhampton, Mac Birmingham and Tristam Bates Theatre Camden, London.  The show lasts 1 hour 10 minutes. I use British Sign Language and the performance is interpreted into English – spoken word by an interpreter.

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Rinkoo Barpaga “Am I funny”

rinkoo2Rinkoo Barpaga is a deaf British Sign Language story teller. In 2012 he spent two weeks immersed in the American deaf story-telling and comedy scene, inspiring him to a new challenge; winning over deaf and hearing mixed audiences. In 2015 he received an Arts Council England Grant to take him back to America to seek his peers’ input on the new material. On returning to the UK, he created a story-telling performance, called,”Am I Funny”.
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What the hell you talking about !

What the hell you talking about ! A dance project by Billy Read and Giulia Marchetti Funded by Arts Council England

Billy3West Midlands based disability guru, Alan McLean interviews Deaf dancer Billy Read about his Arts Council funded collaboration with Italian dance artist, Giulia Marchetti who can see the drama in British Sign Language and has the skills to bind the language into dance. Continue reading

Deaf Artists visit to British Art Show 8

Deaf Explorer organised a trip to see the British Art Show, in hope that they could respond at a later date with an intervention. The weekend in November was enjoyable but the artists were surprised at the lack of sub titles on the films, and the amount of film – especially as many deaf artists make film and now don’t apply to Arts Council England, so it all a bit confusing on many levels.

It was felt by the artists – it would be pretty easy to do a deaf person’s response because of the experience of zero access in November during our visit. The deaf poet Donna Williams (Deaf Fire Fly) made a brilliant deaf access audit poetry piece, which was a good creative response to the issues.  I think people unsure that continuing to respond to the lack of access is what is wanted to be done with the proposed intervention, or fits with the intention, or is how deaf explorer want to represent themselves. They want to be contemporary artists and not access auditors of art shows. This important, especially when deaf explorer are having success attracting deaf artists who want to be contemporary artists first and foremost, but require deaf explorer to support them because they encounter discriminating barriers to the arts system, that’s historic and hopefully with Abid Hussain at the diversity helm of Arts Council England will change.

A very interesting day at Ikon Gallery


I went to Deaf explorers event for young deaf creatives attending school. Ten pupils from Braidwood school for the Deaf arrived in a mini bus at 9.30 am. They study GCSE Art and the teacher highlighted a couple of the pupils work on his iPad. They were striking portraits with the brush work sculpting faces into three dimensional images on paper. The purpose of the event was to reach young people like this and show them successful deaf artists at various stages in their career,  and share with them the pathway to further training and freelance employment.
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