Making Art Accessible to All

Researchers at the University of Lincoln are undertaking an innovative new project to explore the best ways to curate and design exhibitions to make them more accessible to blind and visually impaired people.

The project is part of a £5 million research programme into independent living for disabled people funded through the DRILL (Disability Research on Independent Living and Learning) initiative – a five year scheme led by disabled people and funded by the Big Lottery Fund. Professor Anne Chick is leading the project at Lincoln, collaborating with The National Centre for Craft & Design (NCCD) in Sleaford, Lincolnshire, the RNIB Regional Centre (Midlands), Age UK Lincoln and volunteers who are blind or visually impaired, including older people. As part of the project Professor Chick has designed and tested an inclusive and accessible exhibition, the results of which are being used to develop a practical guide for other exhibitors and museums around the UK.  A multi-sensory approach was central to this pioneering exhibition.

Sight loss affects people of all ages, but as we get older we are increasingly likely to experience it. Our work will demonstrate how anyone with sight loss can have intellectual access on equal terms when visiting their local galleries and museums, and it was an honour to curate, design and test an inclusive and accessible exhibition at the National Centre for Craft & Design. We will be sharing our findings and developing practical guidance so that other national and regional visual arts venues and museums can draw on our experiences when they are planning their own exhibitions in the future.

Professor Anne Chick

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Professor Anne Chick,
Lincoln School of Design

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Professor Anne Chick is considered an early key contributor to the research and practice of design for sustainability in the UK and internationally. Her work specialises in social design, co-production, design for social innovation.

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