• Anne Hornsby | Mind's Eye
  • Anne Hornsby | Mind's Eye
  • Anne Hornsby | Mind's Eye
  • Anne Hornsby | Mind's Eye

Visual Arts

Visual Arts, Museum and Screen

Over the years Mind’s Eye has offered regular audio described tours for many theatre performances, film festivals and gallery talks and tours. Venues worked with include Manchester Art Gallery, The Lowry, The Imperial War Museum North, Gallery Oldham, Manchester Museum and The Harris Art Gallery and Museum in Preston.

Henshaws Society for Blind People in Manchester organises regular visits, with up to 30 people in attendance.

Audio guides have been produced for Tate Liverpool, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester Museum, The Lowry, the Harris, the Upstream Showcase in Brighton, DADAFest in Liverpool, and for the Altered Images exhibition, which toured Ireland.

Anne Hornsby also works with individual artists to address access, including Helen Thomas, Robert Bryce Muir, Naomi Kendrick, Sally Booth and Alison Jones.

Genres covered include painting, photography, sculpture, mixed media, installations, live arts, and film.

Anne Hornsby is an accredited Trainer and runs training programmes for staff and volunteers to provide an introduction to Audio Description. Clients include: the National Gallery, National Museums Liverpool, St Andrews University, the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin Contemporary, the Manchester Art Gallery and the Lowry.

Mind’s Eye has provided live and recorded description for various films and film festival events including the Disability Film Festival, held at the National Film Theatre, the BFI Gay and Lesbian Film Festivals, the Times Festival and most recently the recorded introduction for the Muscular Dystrophy Trailblazers Campaign Film.

Example of an audio description:

Bluecoat Windows No 1

by artist Sally Booth, 2009

The Dimensions of the lightbox are: H 63cm x W 49cm x D 18cm

Sally Booth was commissioned to make a series of photographic light boxes by DaDa, following her residency at the Bluecoat in Liverpool. The lightboxes are chunky and solid looking. The sides of the boxes are painted matt black, with a narrow black frame around each photograph. The photographs are lit from inside, making them appear like large transparencies. The works were inspired by the unusual Queen Anne period oval studio windows at the Bluecoat. Sally took a series of photographs over the course of her residency which tracked the changing light, shadows and reflections both during the day and at night. Some of these digital images were enlarged to form a collection of photographic light boxes, and were originally displayed as a collection of eight at the Bluecoat gallery as part of DaDaFest 2009/10. Since then they have been shown in various numbers and combinations.

The first image is portrait in format.

A soft elongated semicircle of white light fans out, filling most of the image. The semi-circle is running almost from the top right to the bottom right corner. Bordering this arch of light is darkness, hard edged to the right, soft to the left. The central shape of the window’s design is revealed in black shadow, with four of the rays or spokes, radiating outwards, shorter and more definite at the top, becoming longer and soft edged as they reach downwards.

Sally Booth said: ‘This picture was taken at night in the studio with no flash. I had returned late and opened the door to the studio. Most of it was in black darkness, but an unseen security light outside had cast a large, fan-like shadow of half a window lengthways on the floor. It was a radiant shaft of unexpected light, so I took a picture. The camera had picked out the white and grey textures on the concrete floor. The semi-circular shape was cut off by the black door frame. The degraded, monochromatic quality of the image seemed reminiscent of an ultrasound photo.‘ Sally Booth worked with Anne Hornsby of Mind’s Eye to create the audio description for the exhibition.

For more information on Sally Booth please visit http://www.sallybooth.co.uk.

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