Beyond the Visual - a Shape-supported ground-breaking research project to enhance blind people’s experience of art in museums - is commencing a season of engagement and research. You can get involved by submitting papers for presentation or attending participatory workshops and events!

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Beyond the Visual will explore engagements with contemporary sculpture using senses other than sight, challenging the dominance of sight in the making and appreciation of art. The three year project will culminate in a free exhibition at the Henry Moore Institute, in November 2025. Integral to the participatory nature of the project are extensive public engagement activities, both before and during the exhibition, including a research season at the Henry Moore Institute running from October 2024 until March 2025. 

This landmark exhibition will mark the first major UK-based sculpture showcase predominantly featuring works by blind or partially blind artists within a national institution and is rare in having a blind curator as intrinsic to the project. 

Research Season: call for submissions

Sensory Innovations and Creativity in the Arts - Early Career Symposium

Where: Henry Moore Institute Seminar Room

When: Wednesday 27 November 2024

Deadline for submissions: Friday 6 September 2024

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Blindness and Expanded Sculpture - International Conference

Where: Henry Moore Lecture Theatre, Leeds Art Gallery

When: Wednesday 19 March 2025

Deadline for submissions: Friday 6 December 2024

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Co-Created Audio Description Workshop

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When: 30th April 2025

Where: Yorkshire Sculpture Park

What: Join us for this one-day workshop at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, as we pool our expertise and experience to collaboratively create new audio interpretations of artwork on display at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. This workshop is open to blind, partially blind and sighted participants. Led by writer and curator Joe Rizzo Naudi and artist and educator Sally Booth, both of whom are registered blind, the workshop will use new and experimental techniques to describe, interpret and share experiences of sculpture. 

Return transport from central Leeds to Yorkshire Sculpture Park is provided, along with lunch and refreshments. Please ensure that you have appropriate clothing and footwear for outdoor activity.  

Places are free but booking is essential. Please advise us of any access needs when you book your place. Booking for this event will open in February 2025.

Banner image: Photograph of Henry Moore's sculpture 'Large Two Forms' as it sits upon a hill at Yorkshire Sculpture Park.