We organise regular visits to the Barber Institute for our members. It’s one of the many opportunities we take to enable visually impaired people to engage fully with arts, crafts and other cultural activities.
SVI member Liz describes a recent visit and tells us why the art shown was important to her.
“In November, a number of SVI’s members attended a Speaking Art exhibition at The Barber Institute, Birmingham. Speaking Art means that the Institute’s staff describe the pictures on display. This enables vision impaired people to understand what is being shown.
“The subject of this showing was ‘Light’.
“The first item was poignant to me as it showed Mount Vesuvius erupting. I spent an awesome holiday in that area in 1980. The view was exactly the same, minus the eruption of course! Absolutely amazing picture.
“Then a sunset through the mist. Totally different to the previous. But still unusual.
“Followed by a very strange little picture of a young girl who appeared to be spot lit. She was searching her body for fleas. We were told that these sort of pictures were very popular at one time.
“Finally a view of Venice. A crowded boat scene but it appeared that the light was coming from behind the artist and flashing onto the people and boats.
“Four different pictures, depicting light in four ways. A very entertaining and interesting morning.
“Thanks to the wonderful staff at The Barber Institute.”
Following the audio-described art tour, SVI members attended the lunchtime music recital, which this time was young people from King Edward’s School and King Edward VI High School for Girls. They played classical music on a variety of stringed instruments which was enjoyed by all.
We intend to run another trip to the Barber in May. Watch out for our other arts visits and activities.
Thanks to Liz for writing about her experiences. We welcome members’ contributions to the website. If you have a story to tell, please get in touch.