VocalEyes

Opening Open city

To give access to iconic London buildings for blind and partially-sighted people during London Open City, working with architects and building representatives as well as the VIPs (Visually Impaired people themselves).

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It ran from 12:00 AM, 1 September 2011 to 12:00 AM, 1 September 2011

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1067245)

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    Helping

Location

Situation

For too long blind and partially-sighted people have been excluded from events open to the general public - e.g. London Open House and the London Festival of Architecture. There is no extra funding available from the organisations running the events, which means that unless VocalEyes can raise the necessary funds this situation will continue. Awareness of the plight faced by visually impaired people who wish to participate in arts events is one of the aims of this project.

Solution

VocalEyes will work with the organisers of London Open City 2011 to pinpoint 4 suitable buildings for blind and partially-sighted people to visit. A live audio-description will be given during the tour, and pre-tour access notes will be available on CD to those who book. By running these tours visually-impaired people will have the opportunity to "see" the building in question; also to touch the salient architectural features when applicable.

  • The freedom of being ableto touch elements of the building without any restrictions was amazing

    — Visually-impaired tour booker

  • Going on the tours and being part of it made you forget about your sight loss while on the tour, you got so engrossed in the buildings

    — Visually-impaired tour booker

  • On my first tour I was really impressed with what you do. Thank you!

    — Visually-impaired tour booker

  • Going on the tours and being part of it made you forget about your sight loss while on the tour, you got so engrossed in the buildings

    — Visually-impaired tour booker

  • The freedom of being ableto touch elements of the building without any restrictions was amazing

    — Visually-impaired tour booker

  • On my first tour I was really impressed with what you do. Thank you!

    — Visually-impaired tour booker