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Project information

Sensing Art

Sensing Art will enable adults who are deafblind to experience art in a tactile manner, explore their inner selves through the mediums of clay, metal and wood. Skilled tutors together with skilled communication and guiding support will enable them to access hitherto unknown experiences in a safe way

April 2011 - March 2012

Charity information: Deafblind Scotland

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  • Need


    Deafblind adults living independently in the community live very isolated and routine lives, often devoid of the the colour, interest and beauty enjoyed by those who are sighted hearing. Deafblind Scotland has been aware for some time of the paucity of their lives and has tried to involve them in mainstream and other opportuinities for enjoying art. Due to the difficulties they endure with communication and mobility it has proved almost impossible to integrate them into artistic activties


    Sensing art wil use tutors who have been trained in deafblind awarenmess or who themeselves have a sensory impairment. We will work with both deafblind people and the tutors to devise a programme of activities which will be both challenging and rewarding, using old trees, scrap metal, clay, and any medium which is particularly tactile in nature. We will provide proferssional communication support to enable fruitful communication for all concerned.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To improve the mental health and wellbeing of deafblind people


    » Enable deafblind people to explore diferent artistic mediums
    » Enable deafblind people to work with gifted artists on artistic projects
    » Provide communication support to enable this to happen

    What success will look like

    Success will be...deafblind people firstly showing interest and then expressing satisfaction

    Aim 2

    Allow deafblind people to develop articistic abilites which will enhance the quality of their lives


    » With the help of an artist/tutor enable deafblind people to try using different materials for different purposes and with differeing end results

    What success will look like

    Success will be. seeing deafblind people enthusiastically telling others about the work they are doing and the things they are learning..

    Aim 3

    Enable deafblind people to explore the world of visual art, clay metal sculpture, dance, and poetry


    » Arrange a series of visits to museums, art galleries and events to see the work of great artists, where possible to tactiley explore them

    What success will look like

    Success will be...witnessing repeat bookings by deafblind people to attend these visits, and a demonstrable reluctance to leave an art gallery

  • Impact


    Deafblind people will be better disposed to living in what has been described as" a dark and silent cupboard" if they are more easily able to pursue activities in their own home which are productive and enjoyable and allow them to enjoy the more spiritual aspects of life then their sense of wellbeing adn their mental health wil be improved


    There are no significant risks with this project


    We will send a report to donors leting them know about the outcomes of the project

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £25,606

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      Amount Heading Description
      £6,400 Tutors Sessional artists in 4 areas of Scotland for 8 weeks
      £9,446 Communication support Guide/communicators for 4 deafblind people in 4 areas of Scotland for 8 weeks
      £2,560 Travel Travel costs in 4 areas for 8 weeks for 4 people
      £2,500 Admin Cost of admin support to arrange communication support, artists, venues
      £3,200 Venues Hire of venues
      £1,500 Materials Artistic materials
  • Background


    THe project will be administrated from our head office in Lenzie but art workshops will be held in 4 regions of SCotland to allow deafblind people in Glasgow Edinburgh Aberdeen and Ayrshire to take part


    Deafblind Scotland is in regular contact with 700 deafblind adults living in the community. Whilst a comparatively small number will benefit from this project it is anticipated this will provide a great incentive to others to explore the world of art

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Deafblind Scotland is the only Scottish charity whose sole focus is serving deafblind adults living in the community. We have a wealth of experience in working with people who communicate using British sign language, tactile deafblind manual, who need access to alternative formats eg braille, moon, extra large print.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Margaret Law

    The admin role in accessing and arranging appropriate communication and guiding support is critical. Margaret knows deafblind people intimately.