Wellcome Collection
Sat 22 Oct 2022
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Hear from a wide range of speakers reflecting on what blindness brings to the experience of art within cultural organisations and beyond.
Your speakers will include artists, creative practitioners, disability activists, historians, researchers and scientists.
This symposium goes beyond thinking only about facilitating access: speakers will also talk about what blind and partially sighted people can bring to cultural experiences for all.
There will be themed sessions with short individual responses to the session theme, followed by round tables where a facilitator will bring the speakers together to reflect on ideas. There will be time for you to ask questions during the round-table discussions.
There will also be sessions with key figures in conversation with a facilitator about their work, including Amanda Cachia and Fiona Candlin. These discussions conclude an Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded project.



Day 1

Welcome and introduction to the symposium
Sensory Environments, Architectures and Performances
Sounds, Scores and Words
Coffee break
The Art of Touch


Day 2

Multi-Modal Wayfinding and Storytelling
Blind Aesthetics
Coffee break
Expanding the Beholder Experience
Keynote with Georgina Kleege: Reflections, Regrets and Resolutions after 20 Years of Advocacy




Ken Wilder (Principal Investigator, University of the Arts London), Aaron McPeake (Co-Investigator, UAL), Jo Bannon, Kazimir Bielecki, Alex Billig, Sally Booth, Madi Boyd, Jos Boys, Laurie Britton Newell, Amanda Cachia, Fiona Candlin, Àger P Casanovas, Matthew Cock, Polly Dalton, Gabriela Daniels, Claudette Davis-Bonnick, Fayen d’Evie, Marcus Dickey Horley, Alison Eardley, Rachel Gadsden, Simon Hayhoe, Leighanne Higgins, Katharina C Husemann, Rachel Hutchinson, David Johnson, Maria Kapsali, Ameerah Khadaroo, Georgina Kleege, Eleanor Margolies, David Mollin, Maria Oshodi, Carmen Papalia, Will Renel, Joe Rizzo-Naudi, Hannah Thompson, Simon Ungar, Collin van Uchelen, Lennie Varvarides, Salomé Voegelin, Anica Zeyen.



Friday 21 October 2022, 10:00 – 18:00
Saturday 22 October 2022, 10:00 – 17:30