Meet the Young Deaffest Poster Competition’s Judging Panel


We recently held a Young Deaffest Poster Competition asking young deaf artists aged 11-16 to create an eye catching poster for Young Deaffest 2017. Many thanks to all of those who sent in their fantastic posters!

Meet the judging panel who will select 1st, 2nd and 3rd places.



Christopher Sacre studied BA (Hons) Fine Art Sculpture at Wolverhampton School of Art and Design, and has been a visual artist and creative workshop facilitator since 2000. His career has encompassed over 30 exhibitions in the UK and internationally including a wide range of mediums such as sculpture, paintings, drawings and prints. Christopher specialises in providing workshops/activities that are fully accessible to deaf people and all families, as well as supporting other facilitators to improve Deaf access at galleries, museums and other creative events.

Christopher is passionate about improving Deaf Families’ access to the arts, energised by the success of securing funding from Arts Council England in 2016. Christopher continues to explore his vision for the creative arts sector in the UK and with this funding is initiating SEE and CREATE, a new ‘What’s On’ creative events listing website for Deaf Families. He strives to become an established leader in providing new and innovative ways of ensuring inclusivity and accessibility for all.

He lives and works in Medway, Kent.



Job title: Community Engagement and Access Manager

Organisation: Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society

Lyndsey has worked for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society since May 2016. Her job is to identify and remove barriers that could prevent people from taking part in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the world’s largest open access arts festival, either as in the audience or as a performer. This includes working to increase the number of BSL interpreted and captioned performances on offer, as well as supporting Fringe venues to be improve their accessibility.

When not at the Fringe, Lyndsey tries to get out and about as much as possible, hiking and camping around Scotland. She also likes to stretch her creative muscles with art classes, although is not brave enough to show off her work.



Natalie Milner is Digital Editor of Artists & Illustrators magazine, and its Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest channels, and writes regular features for the print publication. Artists & Illustrators is the UK’s most popular magazine for practising artists and those who paint for pleasure, offering step-by-step practical guides in a range of media as well as exclusive interviews and expert advice. Artists & Illustrators is proud to host an online Portfolio Plus community where anyone can showcase and sell their art on a personalised page at

“At Artists & Illustrators we endeavour to promote emerging artists, as seen in our ninth Artists of the Year competition and exhibition this January, which offered £10,000 worth of art prizes,” says Natalie Milner. “I look forward to discovering talent in the poster entries from deaf youngsters ahead of Deaffest this May, and hope that the event encourages participants to develop their skills further.”

Deaffest 2017 Promo

With less than 4 months to go until Deaffest, here’s a little something for you to show what we’re all about!

Click here to see the credits.

Be a star in a new pop music video!

Are you aged 8-18? Are you passionate about music, dancing and sign singing? Then this workshop could be for you! 

Under the National Deaf Children’s Society’sRaising the Bar 2017competition, this workshop has been developed by Zebra Access, Deaffest and the NDCS, to give deaf children and young people in the UK the opportunity to showcase their talents and do something they enjoy, by taking part in a workshop and then performing in a pop music video.

This workshop is a unique opportunity for you to work with some of the best of the US and UK’s talented deaf artists, like Chris Fonseca, the UK’s up and coming professional deaf dancer and choreographer and the well-known American deaf Sign-Song Artist, Rosa Lee Timm.  You may well have seen Rosa featuring in Deaf Film Camp’s acclaimed music video “Happy”.

This workshop is a unique opportunity for you to work with some of the best talented deaf artists. Enter the competition and you could win a place in our workshop!

Click here for more details about Raising the Bar 2017 and how to apply.