The Project

As part of our Hidden Histories exhibition programme at The Hive, we are exploring the history of deaf, visually impaired and disabled workers in the Jewellery Quarter, and wider Birmingham area. We will be looking at the representation and attitudes towards disability historically, alongside contemporary views and stories in a new exhibition from March 2020.

  • Are you D/deaf or hard of hearing?
  • Are you visually impaired of partially sighted?
  • Are you disabled, or have become disabled through work?
  • Were you deafened through work?
  • Have you worked in the Jewellery Quarter in the past, or know someone who has?
  • Would you, or your family and friends like to share stories with us?

If the answer to any of these projects is YES, and you would like to be involved in the project, please contact Rachael Cooksey, Exhibitions Manager at The Hive. (copy/paste) [email protected] or ring 07805 304294.

Exhibition and Workshops

The exhibition will feature a collaborative piece by Deaf artist Olivier Jamin and partially-sighted artist Fae Kilburn as a contemporary response to the changing attitudes of disability. In addition, we are inviting members of the D/deaf, blind, visually impaired and disabled community to join us at FREE workshops throughout October 2019. The work created by participants will also be part of the final exhibition.

Workshops with Fae

Fae Kilburn is a Birmingham-based partially sighted Printmaker and fine artist. She specialises in traditional printmaking techniques, and exhibits nationally and internationally.

Her recent work is a series on mono print portraits exploring family, disability and identity. Whilst creating this work a softer colour pallet and new style has emerged.

4th October, 10.30am-1pm: Collagraph printing (Part 1) Create a collagraph out of recycled materials

11th October, 10.30am-1pm: Collagraph printing (Part 2) Learn different ways to print with your collagraph. Also create embossed plaster cast tiles, using flowers and found objects

25th October, 10.30am-1pm: Copper and silver embossing. Make beautiful embossed designs 

Three images of Fae Kilburns work

Workshops with Olivier

Olivier Jamin is a Contemporary Artist, who has been Deaf since birth. He specialises in hand drawn multicoloured art using stencils, graffiti and digital art

The aim is to produce work that combines the effect of colours and patterns and raises people's imaginations and awareness

8th, 15th and 22nd October, 1pm-3pm: Hand drawing and mixed-media creations.

images by Olivier Jamin

Location & Access

All workshops will be held at The Hive, 43-47 Vittoria Street, Jewellery Quarter. Please find details of directions and detailed access information on our website:

A British Sign Language Interpreter will be provided for translation and voice-over at each workshops. 

Workshops are free.

Interested in participating?

There are only 12 spaces per workshop. If you would like to take part, please contact Rachael Cooksey, Exhibitions Manager at The Hive. Email (copy/paste) [email protected] or ring/text 07805 304294.