Donna Williams is a deaf poet who uses English and British Sign Language. Working with such different languages has inspired a deep interest in translation and how her work can be made accessible to hearing and deaf audiences. She has performed at festivals around the UK including the Edinburgh Fringe, as well as in America and Brazil. Most recently, she has performed at the Albert Hall with BBC Orchestra of Wales, having composed poems in response to their pieces of music and at The Barbican as part of Jess Thom’s “Touretteshero Barbican Takeover”. Several of her poems have been published, most recently in Stairs and Whispers, an anthology of poems by deaf and disabled poets, and in Magma issue 69, released winter 2017. Her poems cover many themes, from bilingualism to identity, to her beloved cats.
Poem in BSL and English by Donna Williams
Performed by Donna Williams
A film by Sandra Alland and Ania Urbanowska
Large Canvas work By Olivier Jamin “Vibration”
Visit Ruth Montgomery’s exhibition “Audiovisuality” at Arlington Arts Centre, Newbury
A “visual music” art form exploring various aspects of music from the perspectives of deaf and hearing artists, with a focus on capturing the visual language of music. The exhibition unveils the talents of 16 British Deaf Artists across a number of disciplines, including photography, sculpture, acting, textiles, Sign Language, musical composition and film.
Arlington Arts Centre, Mary Hare, Newbury RG14 3BQ Plan your visit: Website
About the Picture with Eloise Garland, Danny Lane and Ruth Montgomery
It is a common misconception that deaf people cannot enjoy or appreciate music beyond vibration – let alone hear it. The top part of the canvas shows the word vibration, which is the element of music that this artwork was focusing on. However, it is important to remember that vibration is just one element of music amongst others including dynamics, Beat, and texture. Acknowledging all of the elements of music beyond vibration opens up a whole new level of understanding. On the canvas, you can see many words surrounding the centrepiece of vibration, showing what can be gained by seeing the whole picture. By acknowledging the other elements, the word vibration certainly seems to fade into the background. Although I am a musician (Ruth Montgomery) and focus on sound, visual art is a brilliant tool to communicate a message of other people by raising cultural and social awareness.
Funded by Arts Council England
In 2016 Billy Read completed his project “Like Mirabai” with Giulia Marchetti that was funded by Arts Council England and produced by Deaf Explorer.
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Billy Read and Fun Forrest Hong Kong
Billy Read invited to apply for Unlimited International Research Award 2017. Unlimited International will enable Billy Read to collaborate with Deaf dancers, Marcus Paulos (Brazil) and Sergio Ruiz Suarez (Spain.) Together they will make a dance show, ‘Somebody’s Watching Me’, exploring the theme of ‘surveillance;’ imagining a dystopian future
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Proposal to Dance Development Organisations in UK
International Deaf Street Dance Project Tours the UK
· Book a workshop led by an international deaf dance crew to inspire your dance trainers to get deaf people dancing and involve young deaf people in dance.
· If you have a performance context – Book a night of scratch dance, an inclusive event with outreach workshops to deaf and hard of hearing young people in local schools and workshops in local deaf clubs. All with goal of bringing them to your dance venue.
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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