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Sarah Barron, QUT Art Museum. Making Visible presentation at Opening Doors: 2019 Museums & Galleries Queensland Conference.

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  1. 1. CRICOSNo.00213J MAKING VISIBLE Exploring different ways of seeing in the art museum Photo: Thomas Oliver
  2. 2. CRICOSNo.00213J VIS-ABILITY: ARTWORKS FROM THE QUT ART COLLECTION 11 May – 4 August 2019 QUT Art Museum Artists: Tony Albert; Davida Allen; David Band; Lyndell Brown, Charles Green and Jon Cattapan; Elisa Jane Carmichael; Dean Cross; Jack Dale; Kim Demuth; Karla Dickens; Julie Dowling; Emily Ngarnal Evans; Julie Fragar; Elsie Gabori; Denise Green; Dale Harding; Louise Hearman; Dai Li; Deborah Mansfield; Karla Marchesi; Donna Marcus; Tracey Moffatt; Pierre Mukeba; Garry Namponan; Mitjili Napurrula; Raquel Ormella; Catherine Parker; Tom Risley; Vincent Serico; Kenji Uranishi; Gerry Wedd; Judith Wright; Barrupu Yunupingu; Dhopiya Yunupingu; Djakanngu Dorothy Yunupingu; Gulumbu Yunupingu; Djerrkngu Yunupingu; Nyapanyapa Yunupingu; and Ranydjupi Yunupingu. Photo: Carl Warner
  3. 3. CRICOSNo.00213J Vis-ability: Artworks from the QUT Art Collection aimed to increase the visibility of the QUT Art Collection, while broadening audiences' perception of 'visual' art, through drawing on different perspectives, positions and senses, to encourage different ways of seeing. Photo: Thomas Oliver
  4. 4. CRICOSNo.00213J PROJECT TEAM AND PARTNERSHIPS QUT Art Museum staff: Sarah Barron, Emma Cain, Sian Conway Lamb, Katherine Dionysius, Vanessa Van Ooyen, Pia Robinson, Kevin Wilson and Lilian Yong Research partners: Dr Janice Rieger, QUT Creative Industries Faculty and QUT Design Lab Advisors: Richard Attwater, Gnanaharsha Beligatamulla, Dr Alexander Black, Ann Bosserez, Sarah Boulton, Dr Marianella Chamorro-Koc, Salvatore Fazio, Jack Fitzwalter, Dr Bree Hadley, Dr Jasmien Herssens, Sarah Johnstone, Katyusha Methansia, Catherine Parker, Annie Rolfe, Nicholas Sabulis, Dr Megan Strickfaden, Anna Svensdotter, Gunawan Taduwidjaja, Corey Tinney, Aymeric Vildieu, and Michael Whelan External organisations: Vision Australia, Braille House, Brisbane Art and Design Festival (BAD) through Museum of Brisbane Photos: Kyle Zenchyson
  5. 5. CRICOSNo.00213J “It has been a truly wonderful experience for me and an eye- opening journey into the world of art that I have not been able to appreciate in many years” – Sarah Boulton
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  9. 9. CRICOSNo.00213J “Just wanted to convey to you how much I enjoyed our session last week, particularly the tactile sculpture, as I think you probably noticed, I was quite impressed... It gave me a new perspective on a medium that I probably would never have thought to look at before.” – Descriptive tour participant
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  11. 11. CRICOSNo.00213J CO-DESIGNED INTERVENTIONS AND PROGRAMS • Tactile model and soundscape • Three audio description pods • Simulation goggles and video • Inclusive exhibition catalogue • Public programs • Descriptive tours • Exhibition tours • Drop in Maker Space • Making visible workshops Photo: Carl Warner
  12. 12. CRICOSNo.00213J DESCRIPTIVE TOURS PROCESS • Orientation and mobility training with Vision Australia at QUT and within QUT Art Museum • Researched and consulted advisors and industry • Tested artworks to touch • Wrote detailed tour notes, including artwork descriptions and orientation explanations • Ran a trail Descriptive tour • Tours co-facilitated by Sarah Barron and Sarah Boulton Photos: Kyle Zenchyson and Anneke Bosserez
  13. 13. CRICOSNo.00213J DESCRIPTIVE TOURS FORMAT 1 hour duration 1 – 8 people per tour Total of 4 – 5 artworks Audible component: All artworks audibly described, 1 soundscape, 1 poem, and 3 audio description pods Tactile component: 1 – 2 artworks touched, in addition to works made by visitors in the Maker space and the tactile interpretation of an artwork Photo: Thomas Oliver
  14. 14. CRICOSNo.00213J Co-created tactile interpretation, along with a sonic interpretation by Aymeric Vildieu, of Catherine Parker’s painting, Present portal 2017, acrylic on canvas, 96 x 120CM, QUT Art Collection, purchased 2017 Photos: Thomas Oliver (left), Carl Warner (right)
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  16. 16. CRICOSNo.00213J MAKER SPACE In the Maker space, you were invited to access resources and reading material and make your own tactile artwork. You could take your artwork home with you or display it on the hexagon panels along the wall for others to experience. Photo: Carl Warner
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  18. 18. CRICOSNo.00213J MAKING VISIBLE WORKSHOP How do you experience art? You may think that you look at art with your eyes only, yet you experience art with all of your senses. Xxx Xx x Photo: Thomas Oliver
  19. 19. CRICOSNo.00213J The differences between seeing with your eyes and seeing through touch when experiencing visual art  Sight is passive while touch is dynamic  Sight is instantaneous while touch is sequential and requires more time  Sight can take in complicated ideas while touch needs to be simple  Touch involves using your body and your emotions
  20. 20. CRICOSNo.00213J Three steps to create art through touch based on something visual Editing: choose one thing that you would like to communicate about the original artwork and limit information by reducing clutter Transferal: take out purely visual elements and look for elements that would be interesting to touch Production: create a small piece of art focused on touch
  21. 21. CRICOSNo.00213J Artwork (left) Interpretation of Avoiding and courting collision (detail) by two Year 7 students, Artwork (right) Deborah Mansfield Avoiding and courting collision 2014, photo tapestry, QUT Art Collection, purchased 2014 Photos (right): Carl Warner
  22. 22. CRICOSNo.00213J Artwork (left) Interpretation of Untitled #1391 by Year 12 student, Artwork (right) Louise Hearman Untitled #1391 2016, digital print on rag paper, 91 x 91CM, QUT Art Collection, donated 2018
  23. 23. CRICOSNo.00213J Artwork (left) Interpretation of Walking through the clearfells by Year 7 student, Artwork (right) Raquel Ormella Walking through clearfells (video still) 2009, two chanel video, 22 mins. Performers: Raquel Ormella and Joe Shemish., Editor: Abigail Moncrieff, cinematographer: Joe Shemish, QUT Art Collection, Donated under the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program, 2018 Photo (right): Carl Warner
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  26. 26. CRICOSNo.00213J OUTCOMES Increased awareness and commitment to the ongoing consideration and implementation of inclusive exhibition design and programs, including continuing the Descriptive tours for all exhibitions New and ongoing partnerships and connections New audiences, particularly people with low vision or who are blind Development of a model to create a unique tactile interpretation of an artwork Documentation and sharing of processes Sarah Boulton continuing to co-facilitate tours Realisation that inclusive design benefits everyone
  27. 27. CRICOSNo.00213J RESOURCES Vis-ability: Artworks from the QUT Art Collection catalogue: Making visible workshop resource: Hadley, B., & McDonald, D. (2018). The Routledge Handbook of Disability Arts, Culture, and Media. Milton: Routledge. Strickfaden, M. & Vildieu, A. (2014) On the quest for better communication through tactile images. Journal of Aesthetic Education (JAE). 48(2) 105-122.
  28. 28. CRICOSNo.00213J CONTACT QUT Art Museum | 07 3138 5370 2 George Street, Brisbane QLD 4001 Sarah Barron, Public Programs Officer QUT Art Museum and William Robinson Gallery | 07 3138 1384 Thank you Photo: Thomas Oliver