Resonant Arts was established in 2002 as a voluntary group of deaf women artists who would exhibit three times a year together. From 2007 we went into partnership with SPACE and received funding from the Arts Council for (CPD) continuing professional development training for deaf and hearing artists. In 2012 our name changed to Resonant Arts, whereas previously we were specifically for deaf women from 2012 onwards we have worked with both women and men as well as deaf, hearing and disabled artists. Between 2013 - 2016 we partnered with Shape Arts on its Inspiring Futures project, providing training and mentoring for deaf and disabled creatives under 30 years.
How we began
Resonant is led by its founder, textiles artist Omeima Mudawi-Rowlings.
In recent years she has worked as a mentor and consultant trainer for emerging artists (deaf, disabled and non-disabled), working in partnerships with leading organisations such as Shape Arts' Inspiring Futures youth arts project and SPACE. Omeima has delivered many successful workshops, exhibitions and talks on artistic expression, and delivers Deaf Awareness training. Omeima has appeared on BBC’s ‘See Hear’ programme and on Channel 4 discussing her artistic career. Omeima has exhibited in Sweden, Paris, Sudan and London. In Spring 2015 Omeima worked with the British Council and Shape Arts in Qatar, taking part in an important intiative to create international awareness about access and inclusion. During her residency, Omeima created artworks in response to the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha; this culminated in an exhibition entitled Ilham. You can find out more about Omeima's work at her website: www.omeima-arts.com
Other key Resonant people, who have led and collaborated on projects through the years include:
Education: We visit schools and provide presentations on working in the arts, providing young people with role models and introducing them to the possibility of working within the arts in the future.
Mentoring & CPD: To support emerging D/deaf and disabled artists through mentoring and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) to become independent and confident in expressing their artistic vision and develop business skills, by offering high quality continuing professional development courses for D/deaf artists.
To provide a support network to help deaf and disabled artists develop their professional practice.
Training: We provide Deaf awareness training specifically tailored for arts organisations, galleries, studios and museums.
Breaking barriers: Creating more opportunities for D/deaf and disabled artists to exhibit their work in the mainstream arts world. Fostering more collaborative working between D/deaf, disabled and hearing artists, so that through sharing experiences, knowledge and ideas there is better understanding of each other’s cultural identities and values.
We are always looking for new partnerships and projects. To get in touch with us just click here!