Why do we think Blind People can't do art?
21 October 2015
Canterbury Christ Church University has recently hosted the second Fulbright Frontiers Lecture, with an event entitled: Why do we think Blind People can't do art?: From Da Vinci to Charles Spencer.
The lecture was given by Dr Simon Hayhoe who is a Fulbright alumnus and the Programme Director for the Master’s degree in Special Needs and Inclusion at Christ Church.
During his Fulbright Award between 2011 and 2012, Dr Hayhoe developed an understanding of blind visitors’ appreciation of the painting collections at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and the representation of paintings on their website.
Dr Hayhoe has published and lectured internationally on the psychology of blind visual art students, the history of blindness and visual computer programming and web design by blind people.
The Fulbright Frontiers Lecture Series came from Fulbright alumnus and Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at Canterbury Christ Church University, Dr Chris Pallant, who aimed to create a travelling lecture series that would provide an opportunity for alumni outside of London to bring their latest research or work, across all disciplines, to a wider audience.
Dr Pallant said: “It was a great privilege to bring the Fulbright Frontier Lecture series to Canterbury, and Dr Hayhoe proved to be the perfect speaker to fit with the aims of the series as a whole, which seeks to break down barriers, whether geographical, social, or physical, through well-researched and current scholarship.
“I would like to thank the US Embassy and the Fulbright Commission for funding this event and the series overall and I look forward to the next lecture hosted by Queen’s University Belfast in January 2016.”
Listen to the lecture in full.