Before The Event
A group of us arrived at the Tate Modern at around 11 this morning after a slightly rougher than expected journey down the Thames from our hotel in Greenwich. I never imagined the river would have waves but of course it’s tidal so why wouldn’t it!
My first impression on entering the building was the sheer magnitude of the place. For me as a totally blind person there was nothing to orientate me and I was pleased to be guided by a colleague. The acoustics are such that there are tremendous echos which make independent navigation almost impossible!
There was plenty of time once we arrived to meet the other people who, like me, would be writing about the event.
Fae Kilburn is a visually impaired artist who works with wood and lino, creating pictures by carving the designs then covering the finished design with ink and printing it onto paper. This work I found fascinating. You can see more about Fae at http://www.faekilburn.co.uK. Her subjects are either figures or works relating to the human eye.
Malcolm Johnson, like me, is new to the art world having worked for some time in the insurance industry. Also like me, he was unsure what to expect from the event so was approaching it with an open mind.
I also spent some time chatting to Lynn Cox, another visually impaired artist who creates wire sculptures, usually of human heads, as well as multi sensory pictures using materials as diverse as seeds and chocolate. She also runs the occasional leadership training course entirely in the dark. The idea behind these courses originates from Germany. People are taken out of their comfort zone by removing visual cues, necessitating the need for verbal communication.