DIY Diversity Visual Arts

DIY Diversity is a series of workshops celebrating Deaf Artists practice in the Diversity debate.

Date: Saturday 17 November 2018
Stirchley Baths, Bournville Ln, Birmingham B30 2JT
Find Stirchley Baths:
Time: 12 noon – 3.30
Please arrive: 11.30 am and Please book tickets  eventbrite

Deaf Explorer are offering 12 places for Deaf Artists  to attend

Please apply if your work is:

  • Painting and Drawing
  • Printmaking
  • Jewellery Makers
  • Craft Makers
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Photography
  • Installation
    Intervention, Actions and Performance Art
  • Sculpture
  • Artists using lens-based media to make moving images for galleries
  • Artists using Technology

Please complete form if you wish to apply for Travel to Bursary to go to the workshop. Bursary kindly supported by Arts Council England, to promote the work of Deaf Explorer amongst Deaf artists and arts organisers.

DIY Diversity – Visual Arts is about Deaf artists leading projects in galleries and taking over Art Spaces.

G. Curator DeStressed Fest Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester January – March 2018

It is a workshop to inspire Deaf and Hard of Hearing Visual Artists to think differently, collectively and strategically. It will be kick-started by G, who was an Agent for Change at Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester in 2017/2018. His task was to bring the Arts Centre closer to the students and staff of the University of Leicester. To do this G. focused on Mental Health, and curated the DeStress Fest.  Uniquely it was Artist led and was a take over of all the spaces at Attenborough Arts Centre, with exhibitions, performances, workshops, forums and activities.


DIY Diversity – Visual Arts Workshop

The Workshop will encourage artists to devise their own artist led exhibition or take over of an art space. Artists will be asked to curate their own themes that they are all interested in or share a common experience. It will be an opportunity for Deaf artists to explore the interests of curators and decision makers working in cultural spaces;  intervention, collaboration, marginalisation and contemporary identity (known as intersectionality). Workshops will change thinking amongst Deaf visual artists about how to make and show new work. We will have time to explore strategy and new thinking.  Our aim will be to devise exciting proposals to contemporary art spaces specifically multi-art form spaces (e.g Arts Centres). Proposals that will be the foundation for more work in art spaces by Deaf artists.

12 Travel Bursaries available for Deaf artists

Deaf Explorer has 12 travel bursaries for Deaf Artists to go to DIY Diversity – Visual Arts. You can apply for up to £50. Please use online form (above)

Saturday 17 November 2018
Stirchley Baths, Bournville Ln, Birmingham B30 2JT
Find Stirchley Baths:
Time: 12 noon – 3.30
Please arrive: 11.30 am
Please book tickets  


Eventbrite link get your tickets




The context is Translating the Deaf Self a visual art exhibition at Touch Base Pears Selly Oak, Birmingham, ( A 3-minute train stop away from Stirchley Baths)

Translating the Deaf Self is an initiative funded by AHRC  and delivered by Heriot-Watt University (Centre for Translation and Interpreting Studies in Scotland), the University of Manchester (Social Research with Deaf People) and the art exhibition is co-ordinated by Deaf artist Rubbena Aurangzeb-Tariq.

You can visit the Translating the Deaf Self exhibition after the workshop.

Location of Touch base Pears and Translating the Deaf Self Exhibition



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