Contemporary art speaks Irish Sign Language

  • Valerie Mahon responding to an artwork by Kelly Ratchford

Activity for ISL users and learners

  • Have paper and pencil at hand and draw your own quick response after watching the video.
  • Watch a second time and make a second more elaborate drawing.
  • Try adding some colours.
  • Try adding two elements that are not mentioned in the signing.
  • Give a title to your drawing, in Irish Sign Language or in any other language.
  • Pass on your drawing to another person to describe.

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