Exhibition - visual impairment

New art exhibition highlights the world as seen through visual impairment

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New art exhibition highlights the world as seen through visual impairment

Sight loss charity Outlookers has partnered with Wakefield-based artist Ruth Fones to launch a new exhibition to showcase her latest collection, which looks at how those with visual impairments view the world.

The ‘Do you see what I see?‘ collection, will be exhibited at Valli Opticians in Hebden Bridge, from Friday 10 September to Friday 24 December, from 9am-5.30pm Monday to Saturday.  The exhibition is open to the public and attendees will have the opportunity to purchase pieces from the collection, with 15% of any exhibition sales being donated to the charity.

Ruth Fones’ work explores semi-abstract landscapes through colour, perspective and proportion to create original artworks. Originally from Sunderland, she studied BSc Textile Design in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, specialising in knitted textiles and graduating with a first-class honours degree in 2002.

The exhibition was borne out of a collaboration between Outlookers and Valli Opticians, of which founder Moin Valli is also Vice-Chair of the charity.

Ruth worked with service users to interview people with varying degrees of sight loss or visual impairment.  Alongside this, the artist also carried out her own research, including using simulation software and simulation glasses to try to gain a better appreciation of what it feels like to experience sight loss.

Most of the exhibition pieces are available as a print to order in different sizes, framed or unframed, as well as the original artwork.

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