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An exhibition by deaf artists and photographers will be on display from 1st May to 31st May 2017 in the main gallery at Light House Media Centre, Wolverhampton.

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Audiovisability is a ‘visual music’ art form created by professional musician, Ruth Montgomery, who was born profoundly deaf in both ears. The project explores various aspects of music from the perspectives of deaf and hearing artists, with a particular focus on capturing visual information of music.

The exhibition unveils the talents of 18 British Deaf artists across a number of disciplines including photography, sculpting, acting, textiles, Sign Language, and musical compositions. It leads the spectator through a thoughtful and deeply integrated arts experience, portraying music in a visually compelling and refreshingly humanistic way.

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Dominic MacNeill is a photographer, filmmaker and writer with a keen interest in various aspects of photography such as street life, long exposures and how light relates to emotion.

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Emilio Lopez is an Fine Art photographer. Emilio bases his work on both mental health and hearing difficulties, with a surrealist theme. Emilio takes inspiration from South Korean culture, tv and film and music artists like Bjork and Paloma Faith. Emilio uses a range of different photographic formats such as analogue, polaroids and digital to show his work. You can see more of Emilio’s work on his website, Instagram and Facebook.

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Kathryn is a fine artist who has produced her interpretation of the deaf alphabet using colour and shape to represent individual letters. Copies of the letters will be available to buy at Deaffest 2017.

Kathryn’s work is a development of her exhibition piece at Deaffest 2016, the Tinnitus Alphabet.

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Ruaridh is an artist and some of you may have seen him on BBC’s recent series The Big Painting Challenge. He believes his lack of hearing has increased his visual perspective and gets his inspiration from Cézanne and the Surrealist movement.

“Each person has their own unique character, commonly they all show their emotions through colours unconsciously. From the perceptive of colours, you can’t identify the real person without character. You can only look into their eyes to uncover their emotion and philosophy, like the famous quote saying, “Eyes are the window of the soul.” When you look at the portraits, you naturally make eye contact with this person and it tells you everything about them. In each painting, I pull all the true character out of them through specific choices of colours. I believe that the colours have the crucial role in displaying the real character as colours have two sides of a balance of life, which is positive and negative. There are always a bit of both sides in each colour. I believe we all need colours because colour is life.” – Ruaridh

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