A Sight to Behold

Work begins on new art installation at Eye Hospital

representatives from HERIB meet with eye hospital staff at Hull Royal Infirmary

Photo above: from left to right Jemma Brown (Artist: Artlink), Colin Vize (Ophthalmologist: Eye Hospital) & Sandra Ackroyd (Chief Executive: HERIB)

Work begins on new art installation at Eye Hospital

Last week saw the first planning meeting for a new sculpture which will eventually go on display at the Eye Hospital at Hull Royal Infirmary. Representatives from the hospital met with local sight loss charity HERIB and artists from Artlink, who are coordinating the project, to discuss the location of the new piece of art.

“A Sight to Behold” has been made possible thanks to funding from the Creative Communities Programme as part of Hull UK City of Culture 2017. The project will involve a partnership of organisations, communities, groups and visually impaired individuals from a number of sight loss charities across Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, who will work together to develop the sculpture which will be on view to the thousands of visitors and staff who pass through the hospital doors each week.

Colin Vize, Ophthalmologist at the hospital said “We’re thrilled to be the venue for the new artwork and, along with HERIB, we’re keen that the tactile sculpture should have mass appeal for not only blind people and those with low vision, but also for sighted children and adults.”

“We're used to hearing the phrase, "Please, don't touch the art." but it is intended that this work will challenge this common, disapproving phrase and we will be encouraging people to get up close and hands on.”

Members of the general public will also be welcome to visit and view the artwork and it is hoped that by encouraging the general public to visit the Eye Hospital, the sculpture will also reduce any fears or worries people might have should they ever have to attend the centre for treatment.

The next stage of the project will be a short survey of visitors and staff to gain their views on the themes they would like to see the sculpture incorporate.

Anyone with sight loss, who would like to be involved with “A Sight to Behold”, or any sighted person who would like to volunteer to support the project, should contact HERIB on 01482  342297 or by email at mail@herib.co.uk.

For more information about Hull 2017 UK City of Culture please visit www.hull2017.co.uk