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Blind and visually impaired photographers to speak at free event

An international selection of photographers with sight loss will discuss their work in an upcoming virtual event

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Karren Visser
Visually impaired and blind photographers will discuss their work at a free virtual event on 30 June.

Bruce Hall, Karren Visser, Mickel Smithen, Pete Eckert and Sonia Soberats will be in conversation with curator Douglas McCulloh, of the Sight Unseen: International Photography by Blind Artists exhibition.

The event is part of the Seeing in Isolation project developed by community arts organisation, Multistory, in partnership with photographer, Karren Visser.

Members from Sandwell Visually Impaired share their stories through short digital films made up of audio recordings, photographs from family albums, music and animation.

Sandwell Visually Impaired is a charity that provides information and a range of support services to people with sight loss.

Those interested in attending the free photography discussion on 30 June, which runs from 6pm to 8pm, can sign up online.

The event is accessible to all with audio descriptions of photographs shared during the event and a British Sign Language interpreter.

A subsequent free online event on 8 July, from 10am to noon, will explore audio description in photography and art.

Speakers will include visually impaired photographer, Karren Visser; disability consultant and trainer, Kirin Saeed; writer, performer and activist, Mandy Redvers-Rowe; chief executive officer of VocalEyes, Matthew Cock; visual artist specialising in drawing and painting, Sally Booth; and Chair of Sandwell Visually Impaired and TV audio description advocate, Tony Averis.