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Access brings new directions for interactive works

22/07/2011 - Sector News

Grafton Regional Gallery is promoting improved access to the arts for people with disability in their current exhibition Fairytales in Fairyland. The show explores the sense of space in Australia that is abundant both physically and conceptually.

The abstract of the exhibition was sent out to artists of the North Coast of NSW with an invitation to submit at least one  work that was accessible. The twelve selected artists responded with works that move beyond the real or explore the outcomes of belief in fantasy.

"Accessibility was a new field of practice for many of the artists and this resulted in new directions in their work," states Jude McBean, Gallery Director and Curator of Fairytales in Fairyland.

The paintings, prints, ceramics and sculpture include interactive works including tactile work with textual surfaces. An audio tour for those with low vision has been specially developed as have Braille labels for the accessible works which are installed throughout the exhibition.

Fairytales in Fairyland is on display until 28 August 2011.