Updated: Apr 9, 2022
I don't think I've shared this very exciting news..... My digital installation "Sensing Every Space" is on display at South Hill Park as part of the Reading Guild of Artists exhibition "Sense of Space".
"Sensing Every Space is a journey round South Hill Park through a series of 50 abstract paintings created over 3 seasons. Stilling busy thoughts Journeying in the moment Sensing every space Emma invites you to see beyond the views and sense the spaces around South Hill Park; gaining an insight into how those of us with limited sight experience the world.
Instead of being able to identify a space at a glance, you will need to stop and journey slower, spending time wondering… Where were the paintings inspired? In what seasons were they painted? Do any of the paintings stand out to me? Why? How might this installation change how I journey around the spaces?"
The installation has taken about 200 hours to create and make fully accessible to everyone no matter how much sight or hearing they have. It's been a labour of love and I hope it speaks to everyone who experiences it. The exhibition launched on Saturday 9th April and continues until 22nd May.
Two days before the launch I had a crazy idea to make the whole exhibition accessible for people who are visually impaired. Amazingly, by the preview evening, a quarter of the artists had written descriptions which I recorded, and by the opening day almost half of the exhibition was audio described. This response by the artists of Reading Guild of Artists to make their art accessible to all is groundbreaking and evidence of their passion for accessibility to the arts.
You can find the audio descriptions to the exhibition here I will be speaking about my installation at the "Meet the Artists" event on 15th May - you need to book to come but it's free. If you plan to visit the exhibition then please let me know and I'll see if I can come to meet you there, energy depending. If you would like to know more about how I have made the installation accessible, then again, please contact me and I will talk it through with you.
I kept quiet until I knew whether I was shortlisted, then I had a massive case of imposter syndrome so kept quiet until I knew whether my digital installation would be part of the exhibition. Once that news came through I was extremely busy creating the installation including a soundtrack and audio descriptions. Then... I was launching the books and my "Seeing the World Differently" exhibition and forgot. But better late than never....