Hague Deaf Artists' We Create Monsters Project

The Hague Deaf Artists' We Create Monsters project originated from the deaf children's love of art. Every morning during audiology checks they were sharing the drawings they'd done at home the night before. At the same time, I received an email from the NDCS mentioning the Make A Change fund, which awards money for projects led by deaf children and young people. As we were about to start a whole school topic on monsters, I asked the KS2 deaf children if they would like to apply for funding to put on their very own exhibition. They were very enthusiastic! We decided to theme the show around monsters- to link to the whole school topic- and emotions, which we had been exploring through our NDCS Healthy Minds sessions.

We've worked with some amazing people along the way- the Deaf artist, Rubbena Aurangzeb-Tariq, Katica Puga, an Exhibition & Spatial Designer from Royal Museums Greenwich and Misha Farrant at Whitechapel Gallery, for example- but what has really impressed me is the children's ambition, creativity and enthusiasm for the project.

We're so proud of them and everything they've achieved. The exhibition was a roaring success, attended by Hague pupils, ex-pupils, parents, the NDCS, Tower Hamlets Sensory Support Service and other people that the Hague Deaf Artists wanted to invite. People created their own emotion monsters (on paper and on biscuits!) and added them to the exhibition, too. I hope that all our deaf children will take away a fantastic memory, a sense of pride, recognition and accomplishment and the confidence that if they put their mind to it, they can achieve great things.


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