Exploring the Impact of Visual Impairment on an Individual’s Capacity to Engage with Works of Visual Art

Presented by Dr David Feeney, Manager and Senior Research Fellow, Visual Impairment Scotland, University of Edinburgh & Mairi Taylor, Director, FLIP: Disability Equality in the Arts

Between 2011 and 2013, FLIP: Disability Equality in the Arts and Visual Impairment Scotland placed the national collection at the centre of an investigation of the impact of experiential understanding on the facilitation of access to paintings for individuals with varying degrees of visual impairment. This research was facilitated by the application of Sight-Sim™, technology, developed by a team of scientists and medical practitioners in Glasgow. In addition to presenting the findings of this research, this presentation explored the theme of ‘aesthetic testimony’  -- the extent to which an individual is willing to take the word of another person for the aesthetic values of a work of art -- as it relates specifically to the gallery experiences of individuals with visual impairment.

Dr. David Feeney is Manager and Senior Research Fellow with V.I. Scotland, based within the University of Edinburgh’s Scottish Sensory Centre. In 2004 he completed a PhD in Trinity College Dublin on the aesthetic experiences of individuals with visual impairment, before completing an MA in Museum and Gallery Access & Learning at Winchester School of Art.

Mairi Taylor, Director of FLIP - Disability Equality in the Arts, has been working in the area of arts and access since 2003. Trained as an artist, Mairi has an MA from Oxford University (1999) and an MFA from Duncan of Jordanstone (2003), Dundee.

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Between 2011 and 2013, FLIP: Disability Equality in the Arts and Visual Impairment Scotland placed the national collection at the centre of an investigation of the impact of experiential understanding on the facilitation of access to paintings for individuals with varying degrees of visual impairment. Presented by Dr David Feeney & Mairi Taylor.

[Duration 23:12]