KAB Gravesend; ‘Exploring Tactile Art’ with the KAB Gravesend Art Group

Meeting for the first time at Gravesend Library to talk about the need and want for an art group for blind and partially sighted people.

Question: Is there?

Answer: Yes! 

The KAB put the call out and people came from The Macular Society, Guide Dogs and the KAB. As a starter I invited everyone to take a cast of their fingers, using alginate for the mould it’s a simple process and always fascinating to reveal your own plaster of paris fingers once set. Our first sculptures and a great talking point before handling a selection of intriguing tactile objects, mostly maquettes that I’ve made. The emphasis of this project ‘exploring tactile art’ is on discovery and working out our own ways to create art. We also are keeping in mind how we might show any work created. 

We’re getting to know each other, helped with a visit to the Royal Engineers Museum in Gillingham to hear from the KAB Medway Art Group about their art exhibition ‘Through Our Eyes’ based on the museum collections. Then a visit to  Rochester Cathedral to experience ‘The Value of Touch’ a tactile bronze interpretation of the Cathedral’s Baptismal fresco by Sergei Fyodorov. The fresco by Sergei, the bronze by Wendy.

It was a great start with invaluable help from KAB Volunteers from Gravesend and Medway.

IMG_6175IMG_6171 IMG_0156 IMG_6157 14 May Gravesend 214 May Gravesend 7

IMG_0173 IMG_0169plaster replica of The Value of TouchKAB Medway & Gravesend Art at Royal Engineers BBC filming - 14Thank you Kate Jones for the photography.

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