It is reported that the average gallery visitor spends between 30 and 50 seconds in front of an artwork.
During the Seen – Unseen visually impaired gallery visits, which are part of the art project Seen – Unseen, collaborators take infinitely more time to explore in detail any one particular artwork. The artwork is explored from a tactile perspective to allow a connection to what is portrayed, the art materials used and the art process engaged by the artist. While the verbal description is an important part of the visit, the ability to make a tactile connection with the artwork and ultimately the artist is an experience that lasts a lot longer than the visit.
Bringing the artworks closer to the visitor helps in the understanding of not alone the artist but the period of time that the artist made the work and the political and social conditions prevailing.
A truly amazing amount of knowledge can be garnered and absorbed without even knowing it in a relaxed and convivial space. Connections are made with the past and present, the different art movements, the artists associated with them, the people involved in the art world, the theorists, philosophers and critics who write about it.
I would urge you to slow down and take your time on your next gallery visit.
Contact Artist Clare Mc Laughlin for further details at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 086 3091653.
Author: Clare Mc Laughlin
 Stephanie Rosenbloom (New York Times, 9 October 2014).
 Seen – Unseen is an art project created by Artist Clare Mc Laughlin in 2014. It explores the access to art for the visually impaired person.