Project information

A visual & tactile Exhibition for the blind

To create awareness of the arts, crafts & photography work that our blind & visually impaired members (children & adults) have produced. You do not have to have full sight to produce outstanding, attractive pieces. It is a chance for the public to see & feel their work, as well as support us.

July 2014 - March 2015

Charity information: Norfolk & Norwich Association for the Blind

Norfolk & Norwich Association for the Blind logo
  • Need

    Need

    We are trying to educate, train & create independence & give confidence to those who are losing their sight. As well as allow the public to see the work that we do here in Norfolk. The awareness is vital for the charities survival, as we receive no state funding, so to have this exhibition in the centre of Norwich City will create invaluable support & awareness for our members & the charity. As well as experience for those visually impaired artists that wish to progress in having a career.

    Solution

    Having the exhibition will help us in numerous ways. We can sell some of the work, to help pay for new materials, it will raise charity awareness, which in turn; brings in sponsors & more donations. It will maybe help the charity to gain more volunteers, as well as allow our artists, photographers, basket makers & crafts people to feel proud of the work that they have done with sight loss. This may also help some to build a client base for any future business that they wish to create.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Have a 4 day NNAB exhibition in the city in March 2015.

    Activities

    » We will hire a central space for the exhibition & have a wine reception for VIPs & corporates the evening before.
    » The 3 days will consist of a tactile tour around the exhibition for our visually impaired visitors, a talk on the pieces & the charity.
    » Display boards full of the work for the public to see & a place to buy pieces, if they wish.
    » An information point for artisits to discuss their work & for staff & volunteers to promote the charity

    We will have a news story surrounding the event & its success will show with time. Hopefully we will gain more members in the classes & gain more support from the public.


  • Impact

    Impact

    It will allow us to move forward with our art / craft & photography classes & develop that side of our charity. Education is very important to us & the more awareness we receive, the more members we can touch & the public will hopefully provide us with more support; financially & voluntary. The success will be shown in the way our members grow & the work that they produce & sell. We aim to increase independence & confidence so that our members can lead a normal active life.

    Risk

    The only risk is if we can not get the funding to lay on the exhibition. We have the work to show, the venue provisionally booked & the members & volunteers to man it.

    Reporting

    I will photograph the exhibition, advertise it on our website, facebook & twitter accounts & we will have a press release before & after the event. We will also thank individuals if we have access to their contact details.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £600

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      Amount Heading Description
      £480 Venue hire The forum for 4 days at £120 + vat a day
      £120 materials for mounting the work
  • Background

    Location

    It will be in The Forum which is in Norwich city centre, the venue is a a very busy place, where people gather to visit the main library, use the coffee shop and attend numerous exhibitions throughout the year. They have over 1,000 visitors a day, so it is the ideal location for an art exhibition. The Forum management will also advertise the exhibition for us, which will help the charity to keep it's cost down & give us maximum awareness.

    Beneficiaries

    Norwich city centre has a population of over 150,000 but has over 320,000 people that work here. There are over 20,000 people in Norfolk that suffer some form of sight loss & we actually only have just over 5,000 of them registered with us. This is because we do not receive enough awareness. We only spend 14p of our £1 on admin, the rest is put into activities, so we need more awareness to gain more members & public support. Our old & new members will benefit & the public will learn about us

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Because we have some really talented people who can produce amazing work, but have no way of showing it. We have numerous children & adults that are creative, but there are probably another 1,000 out there that do not know about us & what we can do for them. we are the only charity in Norfolk that provides activities like this for blind & visually impaired people. We pride ourselves on teaching individuals on how to lead independent & creative lives. Anything is possible!

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Donna Minto

    The part time fundraiser at the NNAB. She will organise the working party of volunteers & members and help to run it.

Alan learning how to make baskets at the NNAB

Alan learning how to make baskets at the NNAB

£120

Can pay for our artists frames & mounting boards.

If it wasn't for the NNAB, I would be a very lonely man. I now have friends & I can make baskets.

Alan Harrington (Visually Impaired member)