04 September - 27 September 2023



4 SEPTEMBER 2023 -

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).

The artists will be visiting Adelaide for special events during National Week of Deaf People, with a number of opportunities to meet and learn from the artists.

Stay up to date via the @deaf.gain Instagram and @TheHawkeCentre.

The Deaf Butterfly Effect is a sponsoring partner of this exhibition.

Image: Artist, William Maggs, Missed A Joke

Deaf Gain is presented by The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre, coinciding with National Week of Deaf People (18 – 24 September). Sponsoring Partner: The Deaf Butterfly Effect, Supported By: Arts South Australia, Tutti Arts, and Sign Language Australia.


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UniSA Video

Kiara Murphy (Deaf Butterfly Effect), Grace Marlow (Artist) and William Maggs (Curator) introduce the Deaf Gain exhibition. 



The Deaf Butterfly Effect is a sponsoring partner of this exhibition. The organisation is a Deaf owned and operated business working in South Australia. Their aim is to empower the deaf community so that they can achieve their life goals with the right supports.

The Deaf Butterfly Effect offers services through the NDIS, but also events to strengthen the Deaf community and promote awareness, equality, and access through the rich language of Auslan.

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18 - 24 SEPTEMBER 2023

Celebrating Deaf community, arts and culture

Adelaide is full of activities to celebrate National Week of Deaf People!

The week will include ‘Deaf Gain Celebration Day’ on Saturday 23 September, 2pm to 5pm at the Kerry Packer Civic Gallery and Allan Scott Auditorium.

This includes the Official Exhibition Opening together with Speeches, Panel Discussions and Artist Talks, with Guest Presenter Drisana Levitzke-Gray (WA).  Join the artists from Deaf Gain for an afternoon of celebrations, conversation, and insights into deaf artists' perspectives.

See the Deaf Gain Celebration Day website for more information and to register for panels, artists' talks and more. 

For information on other events as part of the National Week of Deaf People, please visit the Deaf Butterfly Effect Facebook page.

What is National Week of Deaf People?

The National Week of Deaf People (NWDP) is a week-long national celebration of Deaf individuals and the Australian Deaf community, which includes celebrating the International Week of Deaf People (IWDP) and International Day of Sign Languages (IDSL) which are initiatives of the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD).

These two events are traditionally held during September and are based on the founding date of the WFD (23 September 1951). It is an opportunity for Deaf people to celebrate their communities, language, culture and history; make the public aware of their local, state and national Deaf communities; and to recognise their achievements.

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The Combi Vans, Artist: Scott Pyle


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


sponsoring partner: The deaf Butterfly Effect

Supported by: arts south australia,


tutti arts & sign language australia



While the views presented by speakers within The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre public program are their own and are not necessarily those of either the University of South Australia, or The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre, they are presented in the interest of open debate and discussion in the community and reflect our themes of: Strengthening our Democracy - Valuing our Diversity - Building our Future. The Hawke Centre reserves the right to change their program at any time without notice.