In Touch with Art - An International Conference on Art, Museums, and Visual ImpairementPublished: Thursday, 15 November 2007
'In Touch with Art' conference is held by St Dunstan's, V&A;, and Goldsmiths, University of London on Wednesday 28th November and Thursday 29th November 2007, at the V&A;, London.
In Touch With Art aims to empower arts organisations to engage creatively with visually impaired people through the visual arts. Art can open up rich and rewarding new learning experiences for visually impaired people. We need to find ways to communicate this, and ensure our galleries and museums are welcoming and stimulating places for people who may not view themselves as visitors or participants. Sighted and visually impaired people alike can benefit from the enhanced quality of life, and thinking and learning skills, that art can bring. Taking part in creative activities can improve sensory skills and self-confidence for everyone.
In Touch With Art is the first collaboration between St Dunstan's, the V&A; and Goldsmiths, and brings together an international line up of artists, academics and staff from museum and galleries who are leading the field in this area.
Through talks, touch tours and case studies, In Touch With Art will:
- examine models of best practice for the interpretation of visual arts for visually impaired audiences;
- investigate ways of teaching art to people with visual impairment;
- explore experiences of practising artists with visual impairment;
- identify how people with visual impairment can interact with art in gallery and museum environments;
- explore the personal, professional, physical and psychological experiences of artists, educators, and visitors with visual impairment.
In Touch With Art aims to demystify what visual impairment means and motivate and inspire you to think about different learning styles and ways of seeing.