The Artwork

Translating the Deaf Self is a research project which began in 2016. The project explores Deaf British Sign Language users’ experience of being translated by BSL interpreters and the connections of translation to Deaf culture. During the course of this pioneering research the academic team identified a need to find innovative approaches which could yield a deeper understanding of the complexity of translation and its connections to identity and culture.

One such innovation has been to use art as a means to explore the research themes. Four artists have been commissioned to work closely with the deaf community to explore Translation of the Deaf Self and create art work inspired by their interactions.

The artists selected are Rubbena Aurangzeb-Tariq, Christopher Sacre, Louise Stern and an intern Ruaridh Lever-Hogg. The artists have been in residence at locations across the UK – London (Deafplus, Whitechapel), Essex (Royal Association for Deaf People, RAD), Manchester (Manchester Deaf Centre) and Edinburgh (Deaf Action).

Christopher Sacre

Rubbena Aurangzeb-Tariq

Louise Stern

Ruaridh Lever-Hogg

General photos from the exhibition

Photos at “The Translated Deaf Self” Exhibition.

Community Workshops

Artists leaded workshop in different venues through the country, allowing them to develop a community based creative-process whilst promoving local participation. Discover a selection of the artwork created by the local community in Edinburgh (Whitespace Gallery), Manchester (Manchester Deaf Centre) and London (Whitechapel Gallery).