Sense partners with Open Senses Festival

16 May 2017

Sense is partnering with Open Senses, a new festival in London showcasing sensory arts, and highlighting research into the senses. The festival is taking place from 19 - 21 May, with a range of events happening across London.

Open Senses symposium

On Friday 19 May, Head of Arts & Wellbeing at Sense, Kara Jarrold, will contribute to the opening event, a Symposium titled: ‘Push your practice, discover the senses’, hosted by Professor Barry Smith, Director of the Institute of Philosophy at the University of London. Kara, along with Stephanie Tyrrell from Sense’s Arts team will host a conversation session titled ‘Bringing Art to its Senses’

The Open Senses Symposium will bring together an interdisciplinary group of practitioners, artists and academics exploring sensory practice. The event will feature keynote talks, exhibition stalls, panel discussions, pop-up workshops and experiences showcasing work in academia, inclusive practice, scent, food, medicine, theatre, music, law, typography and dance.

  • Senate House
  • University of London, Malet St, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7HU
  • Friday Only | 15:00–21:00 | £10-50
  • Accessible

Usher Syndrome Photography Exhibition at Moorfields Eye Hospital

Black and white image of tree with blurring effect around edges

The highlight of the week is set to be the unveiling of a new photography exhibition by Marcus Inniss, at Moorfields Eye Hospital on Saturday 20th May. Marcus, who is an ambassador for Sense, explores his personal experience of Usher Syndrome through his photography, which will be on display for the next three months.

The public are encouraged to visit this Saturday at 11am, where Mariya Moosajee, Consultant Ophthalmologist and Senior Lecturer at Moorfields Eye Hospital, will open the exhibition and there will be an exclusive ‘immersive video installation

  • 162 City Road, London EC1V 2PD
  • Saturday only | 10.00–17.00 | Free

Accessible Film Making Project at the V&A

Man in cinema smiling watching film

Also, this weekend, the V&A’s Learning Centre will be showing a set of films created by people with complex needs, as part of the BFI funded ‘Accessible Filmmaking Project’.  For the project, Kate Dangerfield, from the University of Roehampton, worked in collaboration with Sense to explore and experiment with film as a form of communication and expression.

The project provided creative opportunities for people with sensory impairments to experiment with filmmaking techniques, test equipment for accessibility and improve access to low-budget film production and audio-visual media.

Audiences will also have the opportunity to try out exclusive V&A sensory backpacks, developed in collaboration with Sense

  • Cromwell Rd, Knightsbridge,
  • London SW7 2RL
  • Sat & Sun | 10:00–18:00 | Free