Featured Resources

Highlighted resources, selected by our expert team of staff.

Our current selection is for: International Deaf Week, 20th – 26th September 2021

What is International Deaf Week 2021?

International Week of the Deaf is celebrated annually by the global Deaf Community on the last week of September each year to commemorate the first World Congress of the World Federation of the Deaf in Rome in 1958. International Week of the Deaf is celebrated through various activities and events by Deaf Communities worldwide and aims to promote human rights for deaf people, provide a platform for them to tell their stories and have their voices heard.” 



To find physical books in the main collection, try searching our online catalogue for themes surrounding deafness, such as: “language & art” / “sound art” / “art therapy” AND deafness OR disability / “interactive art” 

Artists of interest: Alison O’Daniel, James Castle, Joshua Reynolds, Betram Brooker, Kandinsky, Roy Lichtenstein, Carsten Höller, Yayoi Kusama

Recommended books on deafness in our collection:

  1. Sounds of colour: the Fauves and Kandinsky / Cheltenham : Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum 1991, EXHIBITION CATALOGUES Z5056 CHE ART
  2. Carsten Höller : decision /  London : Hayward Publishing 2015 EXHIBITION CATALOGUES Z5055 LON HAY


  1. Art Therapy and Anger by Marian Liebmann  (ProQuest Ebook Central) 

E-Journals & articles

  1. Translating Music into Visual Form: The Influence of Music in the Work of Bertram Brooker / RACAR Revue d’art canadienne vol.27, no. 1/2 (2000) (JSTOR) – click on the right-hand button ‘to read and download / log-in with school or institution’ and search for ‘Courtauld’. You will be prompted to enter your Courtauld email and password. If you have already signed into your emails, this will be automatic.
  2. The Kunstahalle Where No one Can Hear by Emily Watlington / Art in America, September 1st 2021 (available online). 

Film & Video

Kanopy is an excellent resource for documentaries. A search for ‘deaf’, ‘hearing’ or ‘disability’ to find related videos.

Our picks:

  1. Making Noise In Silence (2011) –20min documentary exploring the unique culture and representation of the deaf from the perspective of two Korean boys studying in California.
  2. A Life Without Words  – 76mins documentary exploring the lives of those in rural and deprived locations, who have had no access to written or sign language and therefore lead a life without words.  

Artfilms Digital  is a comprehensive database for art films, containing: documentaries, interviews, performance art, animation and many more.

Our picks:

  1. K.áO.sz! (2010) by Compagnie Pal Frenak – inspired by opera and set-up like a wrestling match, this piece is a mixture of dance and includes audience participation. We chose this because Pál Frenák, founder of the company, was brought up by parents who both happened to be deaf. It is also quite prophetic as at 15mins the performers don face masks…
  2.  Seven (2010) by Compagnie Pal Frenak – also worth a look. Apparently causing a sensation amongst European dance circles, ‘Seven’ is still as fresh and interesting today as it was when performed over ten years ago.
  3. Visionaries 21 : The aesthetic of sensory overload (2013) by Ulf Langheinrich – the artist suffered a hearing impairment in childhood and was hospitalised for the first year of his life as a result. Langheinrich’s work reflects his joy of the senses.

External Resources


Events appear to be localised. Check with your borough’s social media / local paper to find out what’s on near you.

Free Resources

  1. Shape Arts: disability led arts organisation providing training cultural institutions whilst providing opportunities for disabled artists.
  2. Wellcome collection archive search – search for ‘hearing AND deaf’ or related keywords to find books, journal articles and artefacts. 

Social Media


@wfdeaf (World Federation of the Deaf)

#IWDeaf (International Week of the Deaf)



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