About the residency
This residency is one of 11 commissions awarded in the Emerging strand of a recent round of commissions from Unlimited. The Art House is proud to be able to support this partner award. Hassun will be developing new work for an immersive audio/photographic exhibition, exploring the intersection between human hearing loss and climate change.
“I’m incredibly excited to be joining The Art House team for an artist residency throughout the period of June 2021 and January 2022. I would like to extend my thanks to Wakefield for their continued support for the the HEAR: Hearing Extinction & Audiological Relapse exhibit. I look forward to meeting and making wonderful artist connections with the Arthouse community and beyond!”
– Hassun El-Zafar
21 June – 02 July 2021
10 January – 27 January 2022
About the artist
Hassun El-Zafar is an award-winning director and creative producer. His directorial and producing credits include Akala: The Haitian Revolution (Sheffield City Hall, 2017), My Name Is Rachel Corrie (Theatre Delicatessen, 2018), Insectology (Forge Valley, 2019) and Children of War (Sheffield Theatres, 2020). Further to this, Hassun has also held the positions of festival director at Sheffield Black History Month (2015-17), associate producer at Migration Matters Festival (2018-21) and international team leader at Abu Dhabi Science Festival (2019-20).
Hassun’s work aims to create new, innovative and empowering methods in which new audiences can access stories, knowledge and research on key global challenges. He is currently exploring the field of live theatre installations and co-created community engagement, which will inform his upcoming installation HEAR: Hearing Extinction & Audiological Relapse.
The exhibition, which will premiere at The Art House in January 2022, will also highlight the importance of the auditory sense in our ability to form strong connections with the planet and each other, and the impact of losing such a significant aspect of ourselves. The project aims to raise awareness of hearing health and open up vital conversations about hearing loss. HEAR will present three stories from fascinating ecosystems on our planet; the mangroves of The United Arab Emirates, the tropical rainforests of Borneo and woodlands in Yorkshire.