How the Art World is Making Way for the Visually Impaired

Laura FitzPatrick /MutualArt

SEPTEMBER 18, 2018

We spoke to the curators, artists and entrepreneurs making art more inclusive

Traditionally, art in galleries is created for our eyes. It’s our sight that is challenged by art to evoke emotion and encourage discussion. But according to IAPB Vision Atlas, around 36 million people globally are blind, with 217 million suffering from moderate and severe vision impairment. With sight deteriorating as we age, a number of artists and galleries are pioneering new ways to experience and access the art we love.

UK charity BlindArt was founded in 2004 by Sheri Khayami to promote works by both visually impaired and sighted artists. It aims to prove that sight is not essential to the creation or enjoyment of art. The charity also encourages all artists to produce works specifically for the blind. Works from their inaugural exhibition, Sense & Sensuality are now on permanent display at London’s Moorfields Eye Hospital. BlindArt holds shows around the world from New York to Russia, exhibiting works with materials like string, spikes, and Brillo pads to make sure everybody could explore the work in their own ways.

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