On BBC Radio 4 there is an arts programme titled "Saturday Review" chaired by Tom Sutcliffe. On radio, Tom had asked listeners to nominate their art events of 2011. I was able to tweet Tom at @tds153 almost instantly and we had some Twitter exchange and I was delighted that the Anton Henning exhibition at Talbot Rice Gallery and my cane's encounter with the carpet in the Anton Henning Interior installation was mentioned. It's also worth noting that the Gerhard Richter exhibition was described by Giles Fraser. My own comments on Gerhard Richter can be found on:
The programme was broadcast on 24/12/2011 and a podcast can be downloaded on: http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/sr
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On September 1st, I did my first ever solo walk as a blind person in my hometown of Edinburgh. It felt strange but familiar. I had arranged to go to a talk organised by Artlink with the Talbot Rice Gallery at the Anton Henning exhibition. I was there quite early and found the gallery without using the lift! I chatted with the gallery staff and discussed the exhibition again. A sighted person might sum it up as "visual overload", but I found that I enjoyed it, given that my vision is restricted to peripheral vision with lack of colour definition most of the time.
The group gathered and we had a 90 minute run through the exhibition, led by Zoe Fothergill of the gallery. Susan Humble from Artlink was there and as we sat in our folding seats I had a vision of Miss Jean Brodie giving her creme de la creme pupils a talk on her favourite painter (reference The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark which is set in Edinburgh).
Barry Didcock from The Herald covered the talk and wrote it up in the edition of September 3rd, page 12. I bought up the supplies of The Herald in the local village shop! I am posting the machine readable version in text format (supplied kindly by Susan Humble of Artlink) as well as an image of the full page on which the article appeared (supplied kindly as a pdf file by Barry Didcock).
This illustrates different perceptions of the visual arts as experienced by two sight conditions. I have no central vision and while appreciating that the exhibit title Pin-up No. 154 was a nude (shock, horror!), I couldn't make any great distinction regarding taste when compared with the other painting Venus etc. However, one of the members of Artlink with a different eye condition could make out more detail.
This was my third visit to the Talbot Rice Gallery and a wonderful exhibition and a great start to my first solo walk in Edinburgh. The next visits were to the Dovcot Gallery, where Emily took me round the tapestry exhibition, and also thanks to Richard from the cafe for recognising me from a previous visit. The coffee is indeed highly recommended as is the service!
I then went to the National Museum of Scotland in Chamber Street and had a wonderful visit there just by walking in unplanned. I will report on this in a separate post.
Edinburgh Galleries open up to the visually impaired