Wow! i have found one at last!!…an exhibition in Australia where the audience is encouraged to touch and feel the art, as well as descriptions being written in Braille – phenomenal!! 

Read the article below from the website – of course the exhibition has already been and gone, but i wish i had been there to experience it! 

http://www.visionaustralia.org/info.aspx?page=823&news=1437 

You can look, but make sure you also touch this art exhibition

23 November 2009 How could you appreciate a work of art if you couldn’t see it?For the thousands of Australians who are blind or have low vision, the activities that most sighted people take for granted can present big challenges. But now thanks to Vision Australia and Geelong Sculptors Inc. no-one will miss out.   

“Made to be Held” is a new kind of exhibition that encourages everyone to get up close to touch and feel each piece. Every exhibit is also displayed with verbal, braille and written descriptions ensuring patrons have a more inclusive experience.”Vision Australia is committed to overcoming any obstacles to full participation in society and is delighted to partner with Geelong Sculptors for this unique exhibition. The commitment of the Geelong Sculptors Inc. to facilitate this opportunity is appreciated by the blindness community,” said Anne Johnson, Team Manager Geelong, Vision Australia.  

“This is the third year that we have held this exhibition. Visitors usually flock from far and wide, even interstate,” she added.This year, the “Made to be Held” exhibition will open on International Day of People with a Disability on Thursday 3 December 2009. On opening night, the tactile sculpture called “Do Touch” will be unveiled. This piece is designed to recognise the 200th anniversary of Louis Braille who invented braille. The gift was made possible through an arts grant from City of Greater Geelong and will be permanently displayed at Vision Australia in Geelong.   

Geelong Sculptors was a worthy recipient of the Vision Australia “Making A Difference” award earlier this year which recognised their contribution towards improving the lives of people who are blind or have low vision

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