‘It’s good learning more about people that aren’t the exact same as you, so instead of just going: that’s the way it should be seen because that’s the way I see it, you’ll take it from another point of view. It’s stepping into someone else’s shoes and not even in an art way, just in general, so you have a better understanding of everyone else around you.’
The National Galleries of Scotland Education team worked with students from Drummond Community, Broughton and Ross High Schools, Musselburgh Grammar School, the University of Glasgow, and the Visiting Teaching & Support Service, Edinburgh City Council.
The project aimed to promote an exchange of knowledge between the sighted and visually impaired students, to support them in working together, to help them gain confidence in talking about contemporary art and learn new skills so that they could develop and deliver a guided gallery experience for younger visually impaired children.
Designer Angela McKean has produced a downloadable eBook, using the participants own words and images to document the project. The eBook is designed to be accessible to readers with different levels of visual acuity. Large print and high contrast typography will make it legible to some partially sighted readers and the document can also be read using screen-reading software that translates written text into spoken form, including descriptions of all the images which are embedded throughout the eBook.