Artwork created by blind and deaf people on public display

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A collection of artwork and photography created by people with visual and hearing impairments has gone on public display.

The work by members of Forth Valley Sensory Centre’s art group is available to view at Thistles shopping centre in Stirling.
It includes weaving, felt work, and a wooden painted mobile piece.

The group, which is led by local art tutor Valerie Martin, meets fortnightly at the centre on Wednesday afternoons. Their pieces are featured in a pop-up gallery and are available to view during the shopping centre’s regular opening hours until the middle of this month. Some of Ms Martin’s own photography is also included in the display, which was organised by Graduate Opportunities Supporting Sustained Independent Practice Stirling (GOSSIP).

Artwork including some tactile art from fabric and wool displayed against the backdrop of a bright yellow wall.

Artwork including some tactile art from fabric and wool displayed against the backdrop of a bright yellow wall.

Lawson Eades, one of the art group participants, said:

“I enjoy trying things I haven't been able to do for a long time with a bit of help. I also really like that it is two hours where you can switch off and do something that's really enjoyable.”

Forth Valley Sensory Centre runs a range of different groups and classes for the people it supports in Falkirk, Stirling and Clackmannanshire. These include a book club, a ‘knit and natter’ group, cookery classes and a history group.

Linsey Stocks, the centre’s groups and activities coordinator, said:


“We are delighted that work by our art group has gone on public display and are very proud of all our participants. This is a lovely opportunity for members of the public to see some of the work that goes on at the centre and learn more about how we support people with sight or hearing loss. Having a visual or hearing impairment can be very isolating. Our groups help increase social contact and allow people to continue doing the things they enjoy.”


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