John Finn

Finn is a Visual artist based in Ironbridge, Shropshire. Finn grew up in Hope, a village near Shrewsbury and his rural childhood is still represented in his digital art work.

Finn is currently commissioned for an R&D project by Unlimited to develop a virtual fish tank that the user explores using HaloLens and Haptic technology. It’s dependent on partnership with Coventry University & in kind support from Tech company UltraLeap. Finn research is timely given that the current situation means we’ve suddenly lost the freedom to ‘touch’.

Alongside Finn’s Unlimited R&D, he received a DYCP grant to explore haptic art. The outcome was the decision to build a bicycle and take his haptic art on tour to community gatherings across the UK by cycling from Land’s End to John o’ Groats.

During his DYCP research, Finn became an artist member of STEAMhouse, Birmingham who supported him to explore a haptic clock for Deafblind people & he received a bursary from New Art West Midlands.

Finn was a recipient of DASH mentoring project, Cultivate; enabling Finn to make the transition from Film-maker with a successful business to a visual artist. He studied at the London International Film School, completed Masters in computer animation, followed by a Nesta grant for tech innovation. Won Best Non-Narrative Film in 2007 at DeafFest, the UK’s leading Deaf Arts and Film Festival. In 2014 he made an award-winning documentary called, “The Big Decisions” commissioned by The British Sign Language Broadcasting Trust.

An Arts Council grant called “Life & Deaf” kick started Finn’s practice as a visual artist, but the ability to tell stories remained. His first exhibition of visual arts was at SENSE flagship building, Touchbase Pears. He was the first deaf blind professional artist to exhibit at the venue.

Watch “The Big Decisions on BSL ZONE

  • Award | Festival2015 | Second Prize | Cinema Touching Disability Film Festival, Texas, USA
  • Award |2016 | Best Short Film | LA Disability Film Festival, USA