Resonant Arts was founded in 2002 (originally called just Resonant) and in 2003 delivered a project created specifically for Deaf female artists. From this work and the outcomes of the partnership work with [SPACE] Resonant realised a clear need to include a wider range of participants in their programmes and opened up opportunities for all artists but with a strong focus on supporting emerging Deaf and disabled artists. It was then the organisation changed its name to Resonant Arts.
Resonant Arts can provide bespoke training courses to any organisation or business with an arts focus and who are looking to improve their relationship with Deaf and disabled artists. If you would like more information then get in touch with us via the contact page.
Resonant Arts in collaboration with Shape Arts and their Inspiring Futures work is currently delivering three work streams:
School workshops - for pupils who are inspired to work as practising artists. By providing positive role models from a range of backgrounds and covering a diverse number of art forms the workshops look at the skills and knowledge needed to work as an artist as well as how to identify and challenge barriers.
Creative Industries - providing employment advice to emerging and practising artists which includes mentoring support as well as continued professional development. We are also able to provide practical support for the day to day running of any arts based business.
Training and Development - providing workshops to train and develop artists to become future trainers and workshop leaders thus ensuring a legacy of continued support and network.
After a number of successful exhibitions we formed a partnership with the [SPACE] galleries and were awarded funding by the Arts Council and Awards for All. The project broadened our focus and included both Deaf and hearing female participants with the aim of promoting integration between the artists. The workshops explored the barriers that both groups faced and sought to find common ground between the two groups. The project produced both interesting and positive outcomes. It became clear that the artists had both experienced similar challenges in their work regardless of being Deaf or hearing as well as highlighting a need for more work taking this integrated approach.
In 2003 Resonant delivered a project created specifically for Deaf female artists. The aim was to bring the artists together and encourage sharing of knowledge and experience so that all the participants could better understand how to work as practising artists. It covered discussions on how to work with galleries and how to set-up exhibitions. This led to annual exhibition of the artists’ work and included venues in the UK as well as Paris.