Creative Communications at Spark Centre

Rachel Coppage is a Deaf Art Therapist who, last year, joined the Spark Centre tutor team. Rachel graduated from Goldsmiths College, University of London with a Masters in Art Psychotherapy. Born deaf and brought up orally in England, Rachel at an early age identified the benefits of art making as therapeutic and an effective form of self expression.

Spark tutor Rachel Coppage signs to Spark Artist  Christina van der Hooft   

Spark tutor Rachel Coppage signs to Spark Artist  Christina van der Hooft


Rachel tutors on the Tuesday and Thursday afternoon Open Studio programmes, here at Spark, along with a qualified New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) interpreter. Sharing the same cultural and linguistic values (Deaf identity), Rachel provides valuable support to our Deaf artists with direct communication in sign language.

NZSL is one of three official languages in New Zealand and being able to communicate with Deaf artists in sign language and participating in class discussion with other artists with the interpreter provides full accessibility to communication at Spark.

Spark Centre has gratefully received funding from the National Foundation for the Deaf, the Deaf Development Fund (JR McKenzie Trust) and Creative Communities to provide ‘Creative Communications’, an integrative, group learning programme

in visual art where tutor’s and facilitator’s are Deaf and hearing.

Rachel will be the Deaf art tutor on this programme along with hearing art tutor, Sarah Hughes. For more information on

‘Creative Communications’ please contact Donna Jaser at Spark, ph 09 845 5361