Meet the Young Deaffest Art Competition’s Judging Panel

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Deaffest has teamed up with Artists & Illustrators to launch an exciting art competition for UK-based young deaf people aged 11-16 years.

Meet the art competition’s judging panel!

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Brittany Castle is a Digital Art artist and she is the owner of a graphic design business, 58 Creativity. Brittany is co-leader for the Art Exhibition for Deaf Spotlight in Seattle, WA since 2018.

Brittany is inspired by her Deaf culture and the use of sign language to create a visual emotional connection in her work. She is actively creating and constantly adding to her collection, check out her social media (Facebook and Instagramon a regular basis to see what’s new.

Brittany grew up in California, United State and graduated from Gallaudet University with B.A. Degree in Graphic Design and Photography. Brittany is very proud of her Deaf culture, growing up with her twin sister who is deaf as well as her grandparents.

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Olivier is an award winning artist, involved in a number of successful projects. He aims to produce work combining colours and patterns, raising imagination and awareness; influenced by his travels.

Olivier delivers workshops and guided tours to participants of all ages/backgrounds. He also consults with a range of local public service providers and places of interest regarding improved accessibility.

Olivier has had exhibitions both locally and nationally; in traditional and modern spaces incorporating public art projects too, including Grand Central Station, Birmingham; supported by BlowUP Media; John Lewis and Highbury Hall. Social media has also enabled his international profile to grow.

Olivier creates uniquely commissioned artwork, canvas and fashion pieces for the home, businesses, weddings and birthdays.

Olivier’s products are also sold online and in person at fairs.

Olivier has a life-long passion for the arts.

If you would like to get in touch, please email:

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Rachael Funnell is Deputy Editor of Artists & Illustrators magazine, and its Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest channels, the UK’s most popular magazine for practising artists and those who paint for pleasure. The magazine offers 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 annual Artists of the Year competition which offers artists across the globe a chance to win fantastic art prizes and exposure for their work” says Rachael. “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.”


The winner of the competition will be announced prior to Deaffest 2019 so keep an eye on our website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to find out whose character will be featured on the posters! Runners-up will be announced at Young Deaffest 2019 on Saturday 18th May 2019.

Accessibility at Deaffest 2019

To find out information about accessibility at the Light House Media Centre please visit:

If you need any further information please contact Deaffest Coordinator

Zhang Peng – China’s Renowned Deaf Sign Language Poet & VV Artist


Zhang Peng. Photo taken by SHIDFF’s photography team.

We are saddened to share that China’s well-known Deaf sign language poet and VV artist Zhang Peng has passed away at the age of 45.

Founders and Directors of Deaffest Nikki Stratton and Marilyn Willrich had the privilege of witnessing his amazing work during their visit to China last year.

He was planning to perform at Deaffest 2019, his presence will be greatly missed. 


Zhang Peng and Deaffest’s Co-Founder & Director Nikki Stratton. Photo taken by Deaffest.