In 2021, Marie Thompson (The Open University), Patrick Farmer (Oxford Brookes University) and Sally Blackburn-Daniels (The Open University) ran a series of online workshops exploring how art activities might be used to share different experiences of tinnitus.
The purpose of the workshops was to explore the following questions:
Workshop participants were given instructions and illustrative examples for six different art activities. The activities were designed to allow participants to use a range of creative methods, including drawing, map-making, creative writing, and sound recording. After completing the activities, participants were then invited to take part in a 2-hour online group discussion. A total of 37 people took part in the workshops.
Click on each activity title to see examples of the submitted responses.
creating a map of where tinnitus is louder or quieter, or more or less noticeable
developing a self-portrait that includes tinnitus, showing where the sound travels from and to
exploring how tinnitus might be depicted without words by making a series of drawings
a creative writing exercise, where each person chooses a word or set of words that they associate with tinnitus and provides a definition for them
translating the sound of tinnitus into a ‘word-sound’ that is then used to create a visual score or sound recording
Finding, making and documenting sounds that relate to each person’s tinnitus in some way