Translating the Deaf Self

‘Translating the Deaf Self:
engagement and exploration through artistic transformations”

Based in 4 locations in the UK, the project explores the experience of Deaf people being known in translation (through interpreters). It is funded by the AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council).

The project is led by Alys Young (University of Manchester) and Jemina Napier (Heriot Watt University) in collaboration with the artists Rubbena Aurangzeb-Tariq (Deaf Explorer) and Louise Stern.

The Residencies

We are looking for two Deaf visual artists who are sign language users.  One will be based in Manchester, the other in Edinburgh.

You will commit 12 days of artistic activity in the host organisation over a minimum period of 6 weeks up to a maximum period of 3 months. This must take place between March and June 2018. 


£6,000 (this includes any travel or other expenses the artist incurs) plus £1,000 for materials.  Artists will also be expected to engage with the research team on three occasions during the project for which additional travel expenses will be paid.

Expressions of Interest

If you are interested in this opportunity, please send:

  • Your artistic statement
  • Your CV
  • Copies of up to 4 examples of your work
  • A short statement of why you are interested in this opportunity

Send to: and   

Applications welcome in BSL video using social media

Closing date:
th January 2018  at 5 pm