Wakefield District Sight Aid to run first art project for people with sight loss!

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Wakefield Distric Sight Aid logo with an eye on the left hand side.

We are excited to share with you that we have just secured a Culture Grant from Wakefield Council to run an art project entitled Art Beyond Vision! Art Beyond Vision will consist of eight weekly creative workshops in February and March 2023.

We are running some focus groups over the next few weeks and would love you to be there to help us shape these workshops into something that is driven by you to ensure you get the most out of them.

Techniques we are considering are tactile drawing, 3D and textured painting, clay, collage, stencilling, embossing, paper stitching, print making and quilling but we really do want your feedback. You will be given the skills and materials to create work to a high standard and that is original to you.

Whether you have previously been creative, or have never done anything like this before, this course is for you!

We have asked a local artist Ruth Fones to manage and teach the project. Ruth has over 15 years’ experience teaching post graduate students and adult education. She has more recently been developing artwork based on conversations with blind and partially sighted people based in Huddersfield. She is currently involved in a research project exploring how to create artwork that is more accessible for blind and partially sighted people in Wakefield. Ruth is truly passionate about empowering anyone to be an artist and is dedicated to finding alternative ways of working to break down accessibility barriers and ensure everyone has the same opportunities to be creative.

We will also be employing two creative advisors with lived sight loss experience to help develop and facilitate these classes. It really is such an exciting pilot project to be part of!

We would love you to attend one or both of the focus groups which will be at Wakefield District Sight Aid (35 Peterson Road, Wakefield, WF1 4DU) on Wednesday 30th November from 10.00 – 12.00 and Thursday 8th December from 10.00 – 12.00. Please confirm your attendance by calling 01924 215555 or email Hayley.

The course itself will take place in a central Wakefield venue, on a day and time that suits the participants. To register your interest in the course, please call 01924 215555 or email Hayley.

Funded by Wakefield Council #CultureGrantsWFD


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