Programme for Wednesday 18th October and Wednesday 6th December 2017 Approx.1 hour

In addition to live music, there is an exhibition of works by Omeima Mudawi-Rowlings (textile music compositions), Stephen Iliffe (photographer & writer) and on music scores

Live performance: Stories of Syria and Belonging
for oud, flute, violin, viola, cello and percussion
music composed by Waseem Kotoub
Live visual artist – Rachel Gadsden
Live sign language artist – Nadia Nadarajah
Live music captions – Eloise Garland

Film:  ‘Lawand’ written and told in BSL by 12 year old Layla Fitzgerald-Woolfe 5mins approx.  Music composed by Ruth Montgomery, performed by Rihab Azar, with black and white images by Stephen Iliffe.

By Omeima Mudawi-Rowlings linked to music compositions

‘The Unheard World’ explores the richness of Middle Eastern and Sudanese cultures, as well as the experience of migration, deafness, identity and language from a deaf perspective. ‘The Unheard World’ features music for flute, strings, Syrian oud, and percussion written by British –


Syrian composer, Waseem Kotoub; live painting by acclaimed artist, Rachel Gadsden; creative British Sign Language by actress, Nadia Nadarajah, and accessible captioning by  Eloise Garland. It also features photography by Stephen Iliffe, as well as beautiful and unique textile works by Omeima Mudawi-Rowlings, whose life story is the inspiration behind one of Waseem Kotoub’s compositions, Belonging.

Image by Jen Farrant

Audiovisability is unique in that it brings together such a collection of art forms, each adding to and enhancing the performance that little bit more.

After our live performance, there will be showing a short film written and told in British Sign Language by12-year-old Layla Fitzgerald-Woolfe. The story is about a deaf 6-year-old asylum seeker from Iraq, named Lawand.

Lawand – written and told by Layla Fitzgerald-Woolfe

Audiovisability is pushing creative boundaries; not only through the use of multiple artforms and mixing of music and deaf culture, but also through technology. Audiovisabilty’s app, developed by Signly, brings virtual BSL interpretation to each exhibit, giving full access to BSL users in their first or preferred language.

Image by Tim Gadsden

Led by Ruth Montgomery.

This project is funded by Arts Council England, The Arab British Centre, Decibel’s Year of Sound and The Sobel Foundation.

Musicians – Rihab Azar – oud, Jamal Al Sakka – percussion, Ruth Montgomery – flute, Thomas Leate –  violin, Helen Sanders-Hewett – viola and James Greenfield – cello.