Mayflower 400 Southampton

Professional Development for D/deaf and disabled artists in Southampton

We are currently running, in partnership with Rachel Gadsden and the New Carnival Company, a skills development course with four Southampton-based D/deaf and disabled artists.  Announced on International Day of People with Disabilities 2020, the programme will lead to a series of free participatory workshops for communities, both disabled and non-disabled, in March 2021.

The scheme provides seven online training sessions for artists from any discipline to develop or extend skills in their community engagement practice. This will have a particular focus on delivering online and to participants with diverse needs.  Sessions will be led by the New Carnival Company with additional one-to-one support from their staff who will also support delivery of the artist-led final sessions, plus a group mentoring session and support from visual and performance artist Rachel Gadsden who is leading the What This Storm Is All Aboutand Deluge programmes. Training will cover areas such as: delivering engagement online, budgets, planning and shaping workshops, safety, safeguarding, applying for funding.  At the end of the programme, there may also be an opportunity for artists to work with New Carnival Company on their Crossing the Bar project. 

This project is supported by Arts Council England and Southampton City Council.

We are currently interested to hear from community groups (adults or young people) or from schools who may like to host one of these online workshops for their cohorts in March.  Email us at before 15 February.

We are delighted to announce the artists taking part in this scheme as:

Juanrie Strydom

Photographer, moving image maker and creative. 

Juanrie’s current body of work experiments with concepts of digital image making and collage to reconstruct photographs of flowers, an ongoing project, which took inspiration during Lockdown 2020.

As a Postgraduate Research Student, her research project focuses on Transnational Narratives as a topic; considering how as an immigrant from South Africa, her family and disability narratives intertwine with her transnational narrative to construct her identity.

Ashleigh Turner

Ashleigh Turner came to Southampton to study Fine Art at Solent University and loved it. Creative storytelling and alternatives means of communication have always be of interest to them. As a queer, fat, disabled trauma survivor, they make work to express their lived experience and the way these identity markers intersect with each other.

They have made brightly coloured crochet dolls with stretch marks and scars as a means of celebrating bodies for what we tend to shame about them. They also explore their relationship with their body, and its quirks and obstacles, through large choatic paintings including text from streams of conciousness, music and social media. 

Deborah Goatley-Birch

PhD Student Deborah Goatley-Birch is an interdisciplinary artist from Southampton. She is currently researching European carnival and mask whist working part-time for local Autism Charity, Autism Hampshire.

During her Master’s degree she was selected to show her work in ‘Response to Leonardo’ work at Southampton City Art Gallery. In 2019 she was awarded an internship at Southampton city art Gallery as part of the MA Knowledge Exchange Programme and as a consequence of this placement was elected events secretary for the charity ‘Friends of Southampton Museums, Archives and Galleries’.

Her practice focuses on identity and representation, a theme she has explored in her experimental short films. “Being autistic does not define me as an artist, however the way in which I perceive the world and interpret my experience is something which cannot be separated from my art practice”.

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