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Deaf Gain Celebration Day: panels, artist talks and more

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Join us during National Week of Deaf People to celebrate Deaf Gain; an exhibition of Deaf artists from Adelaide and Melbourne. 

When: Saturday 23rd September
Time: 2pm-5pm
Where: Kerry Packer Civic Gallery and the Allan Scott Auditorium, Bob Hawke Building, Level 3, Uni SA City West Campus. 55 North Terrace. 

The Allan Scott Auditorium is the same location as the Kerry Packer Civic Gallery.

About Deaf Gain

Deaf Gain is a celebration of the local and national Deaf community. This exhibition serves as a powerful platform for deaf artists to showcase their talent and share stories from the deaf community.

The artists bring a fresh and innovative approach to contemporary visual arts, as well as using art as a medium to showcase pride in their own unique experiences of deafness.

Curated by William Maggs, Deaf Gain creates a Deaf-centric space that empowers a diverse range of cutting-edge artists. This exhibition coincides with the National Week of Deaf People (18 – 24 September) and features artists: Scott Pyle (SA) (Tutti Arts), Melissa Keller (SA) (Tutti Arts), Samantha Wilson (SA), William Maggs (SA), Jas Shirrefs (VIC), Luke Duncan King (VIC), Gonketa (VIC), Chelle Destefano (VIC), Ravi Vasavan (VIC). Katrina Parker (Deaf historian, teacher, educator) is also involved organising Deaf historical documents and photos for the exhibition.

Ravi Vasavan, Luke Duncan King, Jas Shirrefs, Chelle Destefano and Gonketa are all visiting from Victoria. We will also have special guest Drisana Levitzke-Gray visiting from Western Australia.  


2pm - Welcome to Country and formal opening speeches

2:30pm - Panel discussion: Journey in Art 

Presenters:  William Maggs (SA), Jas Shirrefs (VIC), Luke Duncan King (VIC), Gonketa (VIC), Chelle Destefano (VIC), Ravi Vasavan (VIC), Drisana Levitzke-Gray

3:15pm- break

3:30pm - Panel: Behind Deaf Gain

Presenters: William Maggs (SA), Jas Shirrefs (VIC), Luke Duncan King (VIC), Gonketa (VIC), Chelle Destefano (VIC), Ravi Vasavan (VIC), Drisana Levitzke-Gray

4:15pm- break

4:30pm - Chelle Destefano artist talk and celebration drinks in Kerry Packer Civic Gallery.


This event is delivered in Auslan sign language with English interpreters. 

The building has a lift access and stair access.

The Allan Scott Auditorium has cushioned seating with armrests and seats without armrests. 

Who can I contact for more details?

The Deaf Gain team are William Maggs, Kiara Murphy, and Grace Marlow.


The Deaf Butterfly Effect are our community partner so you can contact them to discuss the exhibition too. 


Sponsors and partners

Deaf Gain is presented by The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre, coinciding with National Week of Deaf People (18 – 24 September). 

Core project sponsoring partner: The Deaf Butterfly Effect

Supported By: Arts South Australia, and Sign Language Australia.

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