What others say about Audiovisability – last updated Spring 2017

The work produced is extraordinary- you should be very proud.  It really feels like the beginning of a very special journey- and an area that really need exploring more.  I do think you are also making art form accessible for mainstream audience as well as the Deaf community- Classical Music and art often seem impenetrable for many people and you showed real insight”.

Lucy Dunkerley

Associate Director – Border Crossings

Patron: Peter Sellars

“The website is great and very professional. It clearly demonstrates that Audiovisability has drawn Deaf artists to one place and in doing so has strengthen individuals from the support gained from one other. This has made a definite difference, especially in the case of Emma Amsden, in coming from nowhere to motivating us to getting know more about her works from your music translation. I have met my target to see The Forte Ensemble in action which I applaud for being such a unique entity.  I feel it is important to have identified the individual areas of specialism which can be shared with and demonstrated to the Deaf community to show that that the individual have worked hard to develop their skills. The ability and freedom to move away to focus on their profession and to come back as a professional with skills refined and with confidence in themselves is bold to share. I really appreciated it and I appreciated that is required for all of us to do the same, I feel it is the right time to move on and to take things forward on a different level.”

Faye Stewart

Relationship Manager, Engagement and Audiences

Arts Council England

“I really enjoyed the afternoon. I can see a documentary in the making and it was brilliant to see how the music and arts interacted.  I think the only question was regarding the last performance (The Amsden Yorkshire Suite)  They in themselves were very moving and the music and the words were totally the same, both inspiring, and I was really moved by the words from Emma on screen.  In the future, if you can incorporate BSL somewhere then that too becomes visual”.

Terry Riley Chair of the British Deaf Association


A review from @48esteban from Instagram:

By Rubbena Aurangzeb-Tariq on Mozart opus KV285 in Dmajor for flute and strings

Just back home from Audiovisability – a project by classical flautist Ruth Montgomery to create a space where music and visual arts music.   This week’s exhibition features the challenge thrown by Ruth to two fellow deaf artists to respond visually to her sublime Mozart flute renditions.  Abstract painter Rubbena Aurangzeb-Tariq reacted by spontaneously working to a blank canvas – each vibrant colour denoting a specific instrument, rapid brushstrokes visualising Ruth’s lyrical and supple melodies.  In contrast, fabric designer Omeima Mudawi-Rowlings uses the compositional structure of Ruth’s playing – introduction , middle, finale – as a springboard for her own dynamic language of symbols, lines, textures and colours.  You can catch Audiovisability at London’s Arab British Centre until 10 March 2017.