Art for All: Chandigarh Organises Exhibition for Those with Special Needs

The Delhi Art Gallery runs a programme they call ‘Abhaas’, an initiative that focuses on providing a sensory experience through the use of audio and visual aids.

Accessibility is something that we often hear about. Ever thought of making art accessible to children with special needs? At a workshop organised by the Punjab Lalit Kala Akademi and Delhi Art Gallery (DAG) Modern the focus was on making art accessible to all, including children with special needs.

The DAG runs a programme they call ‘Abhaas’, an initiative that focuses on providing a sensory experience through the use of audio and visual aids.

This programme is run with the help of an expert Siddhant Shah, who is India’s first architect to render heritage projects and museums accessible and tangible to the visually impaired.

Siddhant Shah with the kids
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“The idea is to reach a space and point of reference which they can connect to and are also familiar with. So, I made them visualize a temple, its architecture, the parikrama, and then made them touch lines, helping them form shapes, like squares and rectangles, which the artist had created on canvas, to give them a feel of the work and the artist’s inspirations,” said Shah, who took the students through 12 paintings, reported The Indian Express.

For each student who was there, this was a unique opportunity to touch and feel the specially prepared tactile artworks. The intent behind this two-day art appreciation was to bring art closer to children with special needs and give them an opportunity to experience it first hand.

If you are in Chandigarh, then do visit and be a part of the initiative.

Programme Schedule:

– Art Appreciation Walk with Tactile material for Visually Challenged will take place on 27th Sept 2017 at 11.0 a.m.
– Film screening with conversation would take place on 28th Sept 2017, at 11.30 a.m. and 5.30 p.m.
– Art Appreciation workshop for Corporate persons and bureaucrats will take place on 7th Oct 2017, at 3.00 p.m.
– Art Appreciation Workshop for Media Persons covering visual arts and for students and lovers of art will take place on 8th Oct 2017 from 11.00 a.m. onwards

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