Sensing Culture -RNIB/HLF project – Canterbury, Kent

I have been busy this year working towards the Sensing Culture Project at The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge, and Canterbury Cathedral. The project involves working with visually impaired people (VIP’s) to explore the collections and spaces in order to make textiles that will be part of an exhibition at The Beaney Front Room gallery in December 2016. I am working with Wendy Daws who is an artist working with mixed media techniques to create 3D objects. The build up to the project workshops has had lots of support and training from the RNIB. The sight awareness training highlighted the range of visual impairments, and ways to support VIP’s. We have also had training at Tate Britain to understand how a large national collection can be made accessible for VIP’s so that they can enjoy the artworks. The behind the scenes tours Canterbury Cathedral and The Beaney has been a privilege and highly inspirational experience.

I have been commissioned to make my own work in relation to this project and I will post about the development of the ideas as the project progresses, ready for the exhibition.

Here is the information about the workshops that are now open for booking.

Sensing Culture – textile and mixed media workshops for adults with sight loss at the Beaney House of Art & Knowledge and Canterbury Cathedral.

If you enjoy heritage and would like to learn new skills inspired by collections at the Beaney and Canterbury Cathedral sign up for our free artist-led taster sessions to find out more!

The sessions, led by artists Wendy Daws (mixed media) and Claire Buckley (textiles) are open to adults with sight loss living in Kent and include a short accessible gallery or Cathedral tour. See my next post for more details of the textile workshops I am planning.

The Beaney – Sensing Culture workshops at The Learning Lab:

Textiles at The Beaney
Mondays 13th, 20th, 27th June
2pm to 4.30pm

Mixed media at The Beaney
Mondays 18th, 25th July and 1st August
10am to 1pm

To book a Beaney taster please contact Wendy on

or Anna tel: 01227 862077

(For Beaney workshops please meet at the main desk – via Best Lane entrance – 15 mins prior to the start.).

Canterbury Cathedral – Sensing Culture workshops:

Mixed media at Canterbury Cathedral
Fridays 10th, 17th and 24th June
10am to 12.30pm

Textiles at Canterbury Cathedral
Fridays 1st, 15th and 22nd July
10am to 12.30pm

To book a Cathedral taster please contact Cathedral Archives on

tel: 01227-865330 email:

(For Cathedral workshops please arrive at the Cathedral Welcome Centre 20 mins prior to start time).

These  free half-day textile or mixed media workshops in June and July – help to develop creative and tactile art for an accessible exhibition in the Beaney Front Room in December. Even if you miss our taster days, you can sign up for the workshops.

All venues are fully accessible and led by artists trained in running workshops with people with sight loss.

Please let us know when booking if you will be bringing a sighted guide or guide dog, are a wheelchair user or have any special access requirements. Limited parking may be available at the Cathedral, but must be booked well in advance. There is Blue Badge parking behind the Beaney.

Part of the HLF-funded RNIB Sensing Culture SE project.

The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge

The Learning Lab,18 High Street, Canterbury, Kent CT1 2RA

Canterbury Cathedral, 11 The Precincts, Canterbury, Kent CT1 2EH

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