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Touch
28 Nov 2014
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Touch saw the development of objects, mostly sculptures, created from recycled and found objects by adults with vision impairment, working with local artists, to develop a public installation designed to give the sighted a small glimpse of the world through the senses of the vision-impaired.
The project was undertaken in two distinct stages. The first stage involved the community consultation and artistic workshops.
The second stage involved the objects being installed in the Courtyard Studio of the Canberra Theatre in total darkness over a two week long season - including tactile “object location” markers as advised from the Canberra Blind Society. Members of the public could ‘touch’ and sense the objects and experience the world without sight. This project was greatly received by the general public as something never experienced before and completely different to other community development projects.
The total budget was approximately $16,000 including the artistic workshops and exhibition / installation / staffing / marketing and media / promotion / opening public event / travel / in-kind support from the Canberra Theatre Centre, local businesses, and the staff at the Tuggeranong Arts Centre etc.
This project was funded through the Community Cultural Inclusion Program by the Tuggeranong Arts Centre and the Regional Art Fund.
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Cross-cultural Disability Education Health Public Art Theatre Visual Arts Artist Project Participant
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