This research project aims to treat accessibility as integral not optional, or extra. One of our aims is to explore how tactile experience can be stimulated through audio description, and on this page we seek to create a repository of audio descriptions of artworks and objects. The descriptions consider the tactile and auditory qualities of the objects and materials, and seek to [re]establish an equality of sensory experience in an oculocentric world.

We welcome audio descriptions of art, design, or craft objects or their materials, which speak to these aims. We also welcome criticism and advice on making our site and our events more accessible.

The following audio descriptions were produced as part of the research day ‘Sensing Art: Touch and Object-Based Research’ in April 2021.

Spike Mclarrity touches a tree in response to Giuseppe Penone’s Alpi Marritime
Giuseppe Penone, Alpi Marittime – Continuerà a crescere tranne che in quel punto (Maritime Alps – It Will Continue to Grow except at That Point), 1968–2003 © 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris

Sophie Declerck touches a bottle brush in response to Pino Pascali’s Bachi da Setola
Pino Pascali, Bachi da setola e altri lavori in corso, inaugurazione della mostra presso L’Attico, Roma, marzo 1968, courtesy Archivio L’Attico

Caroline Harris touches a marble coaster in response to an image of Edmonia Lewis’ Death of Cleopatra
The Death of Cleopatra, marble, 1876, collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum

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