Venue backs £36,000 sight loss arts project

The National Centre for Craft and Design. ENGEMN00120130828173052
The National Centre for Craft and Design. ENGEMN00120130828173052

Sleaford’s National Centre for Craft and Design (NCCD) is lending its support to a project aiming to help make exhibitions more accessible for people with sight loss.

The Carre Street arts venue is a collaborator on the scheme being led by The University of Lincoln.

The educator has been awarded more than £36,000 as part of a £5 million research programme into independent living for disabled people.

Dubbed the Drill (Disability Research on Independent Living and Learning) initiative, it is a five-year scheme led by disabled people and funded by the Big Lottery Fund.

The Lincoln project is one of the first to be awarded through Drill and will result in a multi-sensory exhibition of 3D printing at the NCCD, opening on January 28 and running for three months.

Prof Anne Chick, from the university’s school of architecture and design, who will lead the project, said: “Our work will demonstrate how anyone with sight loss can have intellectual access on equal terms when visiting their local galleries and museums.”

She added: “We will also be sharing our findings and developing practical guidance so that other national and regional visual arts venues and museums can draw on our experiences when they are planning their own exhibitions in the future.”