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‘Our Voices heard’ 

‘Our Voices Heard’ is a creative songwriting and art project led by Jenna Fan, local musician and Director of Go Pop CIC, musician Tsungai Tsikirai and artist Ruth Fones. Through a series of 12 workshops, women originally from Syria, Sudan and Botswana, now living in the Wakefield District, turned parts of their life stories into songs and artwork. The project aimed to bring women together, inform Wakefield people about real issues affecting their neighbours and improve the wellbeing of participants through creativity.

On Tuesday 16 January, the songs will be performed for the Free Lunchtime Concert at 13:00. All are welcome to come along and hear the musical culminations of weeks of artistic exploration.

Listen to the songs here:

Contact details:

Jenna Fan/Go Pop CIC

Tsungai Tsikirai/Mabiko Integrated Arts

Ruth Fones

Please Touch the Art
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29/03/2023 - 29/03/2023

Open for Artwalk 17:00-20:00

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Artwalk Wakefield

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Merrie Studios, 66 Bishopgate walk (middle floor), The Ridings Shopping Centre, Wakefield, WF1 1YB

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Please Touch the Art is an interactive art exhibition at Merrie Studios in The Ridings where the viewer is encouraged to touch the art as well as experience audio to enhance the experience of these visual artworks.

The exhibition presents a research and development project undertaken by the artist and funded by Wakefield Council Culture Grants which considers how artwork could be more interactive, with particular consideration for the blind and visually impaired attendees that have been part of the research process whilst developing the work. Extracts from these interviews will be played during the exhibition.

'Do You See What I See?' Exhibition flyer
Preview evening attendees viewing artwork
Sam, Chris, Ruth, Moin
Whole exhibition
Preview evening attendees viewing “Lytham St Annes”
Preview evening attendees chatting
Close up of exhibition artwork
Preview evening attendees chatting
Sam and Chris from Outlookers Charity
Close up of exhibition artwork
Sam Heaton from Outlookers Charity
Preview evening attendees viewing artwork
Close up of artists statement and biography

Do you see what I see?

When we look out at a view or landmark, we often assume that the person stood next to us sees exactly what we see, but colours, perspectives and proportions can have subtle variations, even amongst people with no specific diagnosed eye conditions. Have you ever wondered how a partially sighted person ‘sees’ the world? You may be experiencing your own sight loss or that of someone you know. Maybe you haven’t given it much thought, but do you see what I see?

This project evolved through collaboration with Outlookers (formally Kirklees Visually Impaired Network) and Valli opticians. I have been interviewing people with varying degrees of sight loss or visual impairment. Alongside this I have carried out my own research including using simulation software and simulation glasses to try to gain a better appreciation of what it feels like to experience sight loss. The conditions explored range from near blindness to prescription corrected long sightedness. What I quickly realised is that everyone’s description of their sight was very unique, even two people with similar diagnosed conditions.I have used these interviews to develop artworks based on my interpretations of sight.  Some paintings try to capture a sense of the everyday life of a partially sighted person, like struggling to see a bus number. Others are based on one sentence which led me to create my own visualisations. The artworks are as unique as the sight condition is to that person.

Some of the people that I have interviewed have enough vision in a certain area of their sight, or corrected with glasses or lenses, to be able to tell me whether my interpretation gives a snapshot into their condition. Others are unable to validate this as their sight is too limited. The focus of the project is to provoke thought and create awareness of what it might be like to be living with sight loss.

It’s been such an honour to work with everyone involved. The project feels like it has a uniqueness and an energy that I hope I can continue to develop beyond this exhibition. I do hope you enjoy studying these artworks. Most are available as a print to order in different sizes, framed or unframed, as well as the original artwork. Please get in touch for more information or follow me on social media.

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