The Attic (a name which commemorates our first physical location) is, first and foremost, a site for the research students of the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester: a virtual community which aims to include all students, be they campus-based and full-time, or distance-learning and overseas. But we welcome contributions from students of museum studies - and allied subject areas - from outside the School and from around the world. Here you will find a lot of serious stuff, like exhibition and research seminar reviews, conference alerts and calls for papers, but there's also some 'fluff'; the things that inspire, distract and keep us going. After all, while we may be dead serious academic types, we're human too.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Conference Alert: In Touch With Art

Apologies for the late notice on this one...

‘In Touch With Art - An International Conference on Art, Museums and Visual Impairment’
By St Dunstan’s, V&A, and Goldsmiths, University of London

Wednesday 28th November and Thursday 29th November 2007, at the V&A, London, UK

In Touch With Art aims to empower arts organisations to engage creatively with visually impaired people through the visual arts.

Art can open up rich and rewarding new learning experiences for visually impaired people. We need to find ways to communicate this, and ensure our galleries and museums are welcoming and stimulating places for people who may not view themselves as visitors or participants.

Sighted and visually impaired people alike can benefit from the enhanced quality of life, and thinking and learning skills, that art can bring. Taking part in creative activities can improve sensory skills and self-confidence for everyone.

In Touch With Art is the first collaboration between St Dunstan’s, the V&A and Goldsmiths, and brings together an international line up of artists, academics and staff from museum and galleries who are leading the field in this area.

Through talks, touch tours and case studies, In Touch With Art will:

• examine models of best practice for the interpretation of visual arts for visually impaired audiences
• investigate ways of teaching art to people with visual impairment
• explore experiences of practising artists with visual impairment
• identify how people with visual impairment can interact with art in gallery and museum environments
• explore the personal, professional, physical and psychological experiences of artists, educators, and visitors with visual impairment

In Touch With Art aims to demystify what visual impairment means and motivate and inspire you to think about different learning styles and ways of seeing.

Download the programme and booking form in a range of formats from:

Please note there are a number of reduced fee places available for students on a first come first served basis.

Or contact sam:

Helen Charlton, Projects Director, sam, 11B Dyke Rd Mews, 74 Dyke Rd Brighton BN1 3JD.

Tel: 01273 882112


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