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We See With Our Brain, Not With Our Eyes

by Clare Mc Laughlin
Language: EN
Document available also in: NL

In our predominantly visual world the access to art for the visually impaired person can be somewhat restricted.  This is what inspired me in 2014, to create the socially engaged art project, Seen – Unseen, which explores the access to art for the visually impaired person, particularly in the gallery space.

Our navigation of the world around us employs a plethora of sensory information and not only the ‘isolated visual sense’ sometimes we don’t even notice this because of the concentration on the visual experience.  Our sense of touch, smell and sound are all important but sometimes neglected sensory experiences.

Art can be so inspiring in people’s lives and the fact that it is perceived to be a primarily visual experience might serve to prevent access for people with a visual impairment.


Experiencing Art Through Touch

Seen – Unseen collaborates with Visually Impaired People, Galleries, Service Provider Organisations and sighted guides in organising gallery visits geared specifically for Visually Impaired People (VIPs) and to date there have been 22 gallery visits including visits to The National Gallery of Ireland, The Douglas Hyde Gallery, IMMA The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, The Butler Gallery, The Crawford Gallery, The Glucksman Gallery and The West Cork Arts Centre.


For futher details or to book a place on a Seen-Unseen VIP gallery visit, please contact artist Clare Mc Laughlin by email at

Image ©Clare McLaughlin, 2017

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