Deaf Explorer

Developing Deaf Artists, Participants and Audiences in the West Midlands and Beyond.

About

Deaf Explorer reveals the as-yet unheard world of artists.
We transform the autonomy and destiny of D/deaf artists. We forge radical approaches and creative opportunities to produce contemporary D/deaf culture.

Tale of Tresses explores the stories of female migrants and refugees through dance, jewellery, and costume. Maral’s contemporary jewellery, made with human hair, is used in performance and worn by a solo dancer. Each piece of jewellery represents an element of Maral’s identity, and the jewellery as a collection represents Maral’s intersectionality as a Deaf Female Refugee.

Deaf explorer’s community development work always begins with Deaf artists, leading the way. We work in the art forms areas of Combined Arts, Visual Arts, Theatre & Dance. In 2020 widened our work with artists to include outdoor arts and augmented reality. Birmingham based we are creative producers and creative enablers, empowering Deaf artists to access arts opportunities, troubleshoot problems and mediate between the deaf and hearing.  Our purpose is to support talented Deaf artists to achieve their ambitions in the arts; described by digital artist John Finn as his “Guardian Angels”. We are project managers and connect deaf artists to hearing professionals. There is national demand for our expertise &  support established Deaf artists working in the performing arts to take on artistic leadership roles & emerging Deaf artists to develop their careers with DYCP grants. We are Access consultants for Coventry City of Culture, Critical Mass, Birmingham Hippodrome. During Lockdown we developed online audiences using our Facebook and YouTube channel. Artistic commissions screened on our Facebook can reach 3500 views & you tube 995 views. With artists, Billy Read & Ruth Montgomery we regularly reach young deaf people in schools.

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