D/deaf and Disabled Artists on Making Work Now

  • British Sign Language (online)
  • Speech-to-text (online)
Photographic portrait of Jamie Hale appearing on a video call on a laptop. They are wearing a blue checked shirt, red glasses and sitting in an electric wheelchair. The laptop is on a table next to a house plant and a wooden dog ornament. Part of a portrait is on the wall behind the laptop in an orange frame.
Jamie Hale, Photo: Ben Gilbert & Thomas S.G. Farnetti. Source: Wellcome Collection. Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0).

What you’ll do

Join poet, writer and researcher Jamie Hale and four fellow disabled artists for this online conversation. 

They will reflect on their different experiences and practices, and ask what it means to be a D/deaf or disabled artist in a pandemic. 

The artists will talk for 45 minutes, and then there will be 15 minutes of questions and answers. 

You will be able to watch this event on Wellcome Collection’s YouTube channel, and submit questions in advance or during the event using Slido. Your microphone and camera will not be on. After booking a ticket you will receive an email with joining instructions. 

Live captions will be provided by Stagetext, and BSL interpretation will be delivered by Michelle Wood. 

A series of articles by Jamie Hale exploring ‘Art, activism and access’, and featuring some of the artists taking part in this event, is also available to read and listen to. 

About your contributors

Photograph of Jamie Hale

Jamie Hale

@jamierhale on Twitter

Jamie is an artist, curator, and founder of disability arts showcase CRIPtic. They create poetry, comedy, scriptwriting and drama for page, stage and screen. They have written for publications including the Guardian and Magma, and have performed at venues including the Barbican and Southbank Centre. Their pandemic poetry pamphlet, ‘Shield’, is published in January 2021.

Photograph of Amelia Cavallo

Amelia Cavallo


Amelia Cavallo is a blind theatre practitioner, academic and workshop facilitator who works as a multi-disciplinary performer, musical director, lecturer and consultant on access and audio description. They are a PhD candidate studying intersections of gender, disability and sexuality. Amelia co-founded Quiplash, a theatre company making space for Disabled people across the LGBTQIA+ spectrum.

Photograph of Miss Jacqui

Miss Jacqui


Miss Jacqui is a poet and songwriter who performed at the 2012 Paralympic Opening Ceremony, and at venues including the Southbank Centre. She knows a lot about working with the cards that you are dealt, and always tries to challenge societal perceptions, like what it means to be a Black woman with a disability.

Photograph of Keith Salmon

Keith Salmon


Born in Essex in 1959, Keith Salmon studied Fine Art at Shrewsbury and Falmouth Schools of Art in the early 1980s. Registered as blind in 1999, he now works from his studio in Irvine, Scotland and exhibits his semi-abstract landscape paintings throughout the UK.

Photograph of Signkid



Signkid is the UK’s first and only Deaf music producer, writer and performer, pioneering a unique aesthetic that integrates British Sign Language signing into a visual language for live hip-hop, rap and urban music. SignKid has performed at festivals including Deaf Rave, Wireless and Latitude, and has had extensive BBC coverage.



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Need to know

Guaranteed (online)

Booking a ticket guarantees you entry to the online event. You will be given joining instructions in your confirmation email. If you have any access requests or requirements, for example a transcript of the event, email us at or call 020 7611 2222.

British Sign Language (online)

This event is British Sign Language interpreted. A signer will be on screen describing the event. For any assistance, please email us at or call 020 7611 2222.

Speech-to-text (online)

This event will have live speech-to-text transcription, which may be useful for people who are D/deaf or hard of hearing. For any assistance, please email us at or call 020 7611 2222.

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