UWA to host inaugural Inclusive Arts Week

Touch is an important part of the Inclusive Arts Week experience. Picture: Jon Bassett
Touch is an important part of the Inclusive Arts Week experience. Picture: Jon Bassett

THE blind and sight impaired will be able to feel and touch art at an installation featuring in the inaugural Inclusive Arts Week at UWA starting next Tuesday.

The installation’s tour also teaches able art lovers to slow down, relax and appreciate the work.

“Much like a mindfulness exercise, where the focus is on breathing, this tour allows the mind to settle on the artwork on display,” UWA chief cultural officer Ted Snell said.

Inclusive Arts Week is a new program to promote accessibility to arts for everyone, including those with hearing, eyesight and intellectual disabilities.

“We believe art is universal in its appeal and should be made available and able to be enjoyed by everyone,” Professor Snell said.

Running until December 2, Inclusive Art Week includes a public talk on access to galleries, museums and performing arts by UWA cultural precinct audience development manager Caine Chennatt.

Perth artist Elizabeth Bill will host her Performance art: Tactile Tour between 1pm and 4pm on December 2 for those with low vision or blindness.

People living with dementia are invited to Let’s Meet at LWAG: For Visitors Living with Dementia at 11.30am that day.

The UWA Inclusive Arts Week program is at www.lwgallery.uwa.edu.au/events/inclusive-arts-week.

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