Deaf Explorer is a deaf arts initiative, funded by Arts Council England West Midlands and developed by the Deaf Cultural Centre. The Deaf Explorers Programme supported six deaf artists to develop their skills creatively by exploring collaborations with other artists around the world, then using their new skills to create a body of work that could be presented at the Deaf Cultural Centre and other arts venues around the country.
As part of the qualifying process, we invited deaf artists to apply for funding, challenging them to present proposals that would stretch their artistic practice, encouraging them to be inspired by international artists. The response was brilliant with extremely high quality proposals from the West Midlands and across the UK.
The Festival of Deaf Arts we showcased in October 2013 is the result of our intrepid explorers’ international travel and research. They will provide a wealth of high quality creativity to arts organisation, and venues. We hope networking, collaborations, commission and grants will follow.
We believe this project will open doors for deaf audiences, by creating spaces and events where deaf, hearing and hard of hearing people can all mix and socialise together and learn and explore more about Deaf culture.
If you are an arts organisation or promoter and wish to support the Explorers Programme, we would love to hear from you.