KAB Medway: The Value of Touch exhibition – we’re almost ready!

Delight in the Value of Touch at the Guildhall Museum from November 18th 2016.

Come and enjoy an innovative new museum experience at the Guildhall Museum.  Entitled the Value of Touch and conceived by artist Wendy Daws, this extraordinary exhibition showcases art created by blind and partially sighted members of the Kent Association for the Blind Medway Art Group who have been inspired by the museum objects exhibited as part of the ‘Weird and Wonderful’ exhibition. This eclectic and challenging body of work will question the viewer’s assumption that sight is a prerequisite for making great art.

The Value of Touch unveils a brand new series of tactile plaques in the museum’s entrance area. Daws has created each plaque as touchable interpretations of the artworks. To accompany the exhibition there will also be a programme of audio described tours.

The artworks were created over a sixteen week period through a series of museum based object handling and creative workshops leading into a studio residency at Sun Pier House in Chatham. This has given the participants an invaluable opportunity to share their creativity with the public.

Artist, Helen says “I’m so grateful for the art group and being able to enjoy art and create again. I have Diabetic Retinopathy and with my sight loss I thought that door was closed to me, but it’s opened again. It’s been wonderful to be in the museum and get up close to the objects. We’ve been really lucky and I hope visitors enjoy our exhibition.”

KAB Chief Executive, Eithne Rynne says “We are really excited about this exhibition; once again the Medway Art Group have produced incredible pieces of work showing great skill and talent. Wendy is a longstanding KAB volunteer and we are so grateful to her for continuing to lead this group with such enthusiasm and passion.”

Heritage Development Officer, Karen McKenzie says “It has been a pleasure working with Wendy this summer. As well as the KAB art group sessions, her family workshops have been hugely successful with hundreds of young people and their families enjoying hands-on crafts in the beautiful surroundings of the Guildhall Museum’s Main Chamber”.

This project was made possible with funding support from Arts Council England, Kent Association for the Blind, NKLA Arts Partnership and Medway Council.

The Value of Touch and Weird and Wonderful exhibition opens:

19th November – 16th April 2017 

Guildhall Museum, High Street, Rochester Kent ME1 1PY

Entry to the museum is free. 

Open 10am – 5pm Tuesdays to Sundays.

Norman examining a brass Lantern Clock by Marlow of Cranbrook, made late 17th Century
Members of the art group at the Guildhall Museum with a selection of museum objects
Cathy preparing her deconstructed Post Box  with ‘size’ for gilding
Joanna adding finishing touches to her painting inspired by the prison Hulks

Look out for Wendy Daws’ solo exhibition ‘Enbosu’  at the Rochester Art Gallery which opens in March 2017.  Exploring notions of texture and tactility through the medium of Japanese woodblock and other mixed media, this exhibition is a sensory celebration of the power of art to engage an audience no matter what the viewers physical ability.

To request an invite to the Private View on Friday 18th November 4pm – 6pm please contact Wendy Daws directly mail@wendydaws.co.uk or tel: 07989 264768.

Vocal Eyes is a registered charity working across the nation. Their mission is to work with blind and partially sighted people to enhance engagement with the arts trough audio-description. www.vocaleyes.co.uk

Download our press release written by Annie Lucas annielucas.com

Press Release Guildhall Museum The Value of Touch launch

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