DiscoveryPENS launch – at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery

DiscoveryPENS launch – at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery


This Pen has been provided, thanks to a generous grant from the Clothworkers Foundation. We were very, very fortunate to receive a grant from the Clothworkers Foundation Which funded all of the equipment. So all recording, editing The sound spots, which you see on the walls here and also the Pens themselves. This has meant that people who have a visual impairment are able to, either attend the gallery on their own, or if they come with a loved one they can come, and they can share that experience because they will have an equally, immersive, and enjoyable experience. They’re a very good idea Have a go! Inclusion. Is the magic word. It is very easy to use, You put it in this round thing here; the contact. and straight away, you know, we hear, the person who is doing the description. I feel quite passionately, that it is only through very, very close description and engaging with how a painting works that we understand how an artist achieves to trigger a certain reaction in us with his or hers painting. So by going through exactly how the composition works How a picture has been built up, you get to this point. I myself had to describe Boudin’s Still Life with Oysters. And I feel that, it is important for everyone whether they are sighted or partially sighted To get access, to these close descriptions and reactions all our volunteers have recorded, on the Discovery Pen. Well these Pens are absolutely wonderful for us It’s a real pioneering project Because, I’ve loved art all my life And now I can’t see, it I don’t really get any enjoyment out of it But I will be able to come here, on my own, and find my way around this gallery, and listen to all these wonderful paintings brought to life. They give me autonomy If I go round an art gallery usually, My wife or someone has to come at my pace and read the labels to me Or I don’t see them. But with one of these I can go at my own pace, play what ever notice I want to And it means my partner is free to go at their own pace as well. Everybody, Thank you ever so much and welcome to Bristol Museum and Art Gallery And Thank you very much for turning out for this special event Which is to celebrate the arrival of DiscoveryPens at the Museum and Art Gallery in three permanent Galleries, plus, The Delhi Durbar painting in the front hall I want to say a very special thank you, and welcome to a number of people who, have come a long way today, Mishti Chatterji; is one of the co-directors of Mantra Lingua the London based company that make the Discovery Pens. I also want to welcome Gareth Brettell who has come here from Gosport from the Royal Navy Submarine Museum Gareth has bought some Pens, on the strength of what we’ve done. I have to say Thank you to the Friends of Bristol Art Gallery who have done the lion’s share of that describing. The aims of this project are to give visually impaired people with little or no sight or even quite a lot of sight, a whole range of visual impairments, a whole range of visually impaired people audio access to the objects and interpretation at this museum It’s what I call inclusive audio and you’ll find the most, recent and the most exciting examples, I think from my point of view, in this gallery, where we have about 26 paintings on the wall, one sculpture and most of them now have a member of the Friends of the museum or a member of staff that have volunteered to do it who have looked at the painting or the statue and has done a description of it and told you what’s good about it, what they like about it what’s inspired them about it So you don’t just get the text that is on the wall You get a really personal account of this image and what it means to the person speaking. All you’ve got to do, is find the space and insert it and it works. It’s simple as simple It’ s the difference between coming and not coming I think people are going to learn things In two particular areas First of all there’s the description of the painting the information about the artist, when it was painted, his influences, and in fact that’s been my task in all this to read those descriptions for people to listen to but then there’s the other aspect which people will be able to hear on many of the paintings, and hopefully all of them eventually With individuals describing their reaction to that particular painting We all see things differently, don’t we, One man’s beautiful Jackson Pollack Is another man’s accident with a paint can But I think that people will really learn a lot about the paintings in the gallery By using these Pens.

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