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St. Petersburg PRO ARTE Charitable Foundation with the support of the Regional NGO “Institute for Civil Society Problems” and acting in partnership with the State Library for the Blind and Visually Impaired present a contemporary art exhibition for visually impaired children titled Perceiving Art.
Modern society is perfectly right in the amount of attention it pays to the problems of adapting people with disabilities to modern life conditions, however, providing equal access to the cultural heritage is no less important. Perceiving Art exhibition follows this very trend in trying to help blind and visually impaired children to get to know contemporary art. The exhibition will be presented in the St. Petersburg State Library for the Blind and Visually Impaired in April-May 2014, and in September 2014 it will travel to Arsenal in Nizhny Novgorod.

The project develops through several stages, the most important of those being the stage when contemporary artists from St. Petersburg and Moscow get to know perception styles visually impaired children display when encountering works of visual art, literature and studying the world around them. Preparatory work started with training and debriefing sessions conducted by visual impairment specialists and staff of the Library for the Blind and Visually Impaired – ProArte’s partner in the project. Further on the artists are going to meet with the visually impaired children, tell them about their art and try to understand how they can create art-objects their target audience will be able to access and comprehend.

The common theme for the project is Ole Lukøje - a tale by Hans Christian Andersen. Artists from St. Petersburg and Moscow including Rostan Tavasiyev, Petr Shvetsov, Andrey Lyublinsky, Evgenia Golant, Yuriy Shtapakov, Anna Andrzejewskaya, Alexandra Gart, Alexandr Morozov and Ilya Grishaev will present their vision of one of the characters or episodes from the tale and create objects that would appeal primarily to the senses of touch, smell, taste and hearing. Integral part of the exhibition are interactive play-sessions for children conducted by counseling teachers. The exhibition will be just as interesting for those with no visual impediments.