Uni students help the blind to get hands on with art

The sensory art class under way at Galloway's.
The sensory art class under way at Galloway's.

Lancaster University students have been working with users of the Galloway’s Society for the Blind in a project which will lead to an art exhibition with a difference.

The sensory art project involved a group of Lancaster University art students, and all art pieces will feature in an art exhibition which visitors will be invited to experience blindfolded.

Galloway's service users taking part in the sensory art class.

Galloway's service users taking part in the sensory art class.

The art workshops, which involved knitting, clay and collages, took place at the charity’s Morecambe centre in Balmoral Road.

The sessions were run by a group of Lancaster University students who invited Galloway’s to be involved in this project as part of their fine art degree.

Student Megan Collier said: “We have loved running the workshops. It has been great to see people with sight loss engage with sensory art.”

The art workshops were a great success and provided the opportunity for people living with sight loss to try something new.

Keen artist David Liddell, a Galloway’s service user, said: “I have really enjoyed the workshops and I can’t wait to see my art pieces displayed in the art exhibition.”

What makes this art exhibition really stand out from others that people may have attended is that visitors will explore the exhibitions blindfolded.

Nia Coleman, vision services coordinator at Galloway’s, said “It has been a pleasure to be involved in this innovative art project.

“The blindfolded element of the exhibition raises awareness of the boundaries and challenges that visually impaired people face as well as demonstrating the capabilities of people living with sight loss.”

The tactile and creative pieces made by the service users of Galloway’s will be displayed in a unique art exhibition exploring the themes of sense and memory at Morecambe Library on Saturday March 14, from 1pm until 3.30pm.