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Sight of Emotion

24 September 2008

Sight of Emotion

Photographs taken by blind and partially sighted people from around the world are the focal point of a new exhibition at the University.

Displayed at the School of Optometry and Vision Sciences, the exhibition was officially unveiled to an audience of invited guests on Wednesday 24 September 2008.

The photographs were taken by people at workshops in London and Mexico City as part of a project called Sight of Emotion, which is run by the charity PhotoVoice.

Sight of Emotion is designed to celebrate blind photography and aims to empower visually impaired communities to build a dialogue with sighted people, creating awareness and educating public audiences about the needs and experiences of visually impaired people.

Commenting on the exhibition, Head of the School, Professor Tim Wess said: "The School is delighted to be hosting such an important exhibition, which celebrates the participation of blind and partially sighted people in the arts."

The photographs are the latest in a line of public art on show at the School, which includes the Shifting Perspectives Exhibition, designed to challenge misconceptions surrounding the diagnosis of Down's syndrome as well as paintings produced by female Pakistani artists living in Wales. The School’s atrium is also home to a permanent exhibition of three dimensional art pieces.

The School of Optometry and Vision Sciences welcomes anyone to visit the Sight of Emotion exhibition, as well as other artwork, Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.