Sensory Impaired Artists to Showcase Work at Birmingham Exhibition

William McGregor painting exhibited at new exhibition in Birmingham

By William McGregor

National deafblind charity, Sense, bring ‘I Know I Can’t See, But I Still Look’ exhibition to Birmingham, in collaboration with Glenn Howells Architects

National deafblind charity, Sense, is bringing an exclusive exhibition showcasing work by artists with sensory impairments from across the UK to the Nest Gallery in Birmingham from 11th May until 7th June.

The exhibition, which is open to the general public, will celebrate colour, texture and narratives, ‘I Know I Can’t See, But I Still Look’ will showcase a range of unique visual arts, ceramics and textiles created by artists with sight and hearing loss.

Sense run a range of services across the country that enable people with sensory loss or complex needs to take part in arts and creativity projects. The exhibition will highlight some of the best examples of expressive contemporary artwork currently being created by the deafblind artists working within the charity’s projects across London, Birmingham and Exeter.

‘I Know I Can’t See But I Still Look’, which will visit the Nest Gallery for one month, has been produced in collaboration with Birmingham based architects, Glenn Howells, who have designed Sense’s new TouchBase Pears building. Due to complete construction in Selly Oak in summer 2017, TouchBase Pears will provide state of the art facilities that will enable disabled people and the wider community to participate in a range of art activities.

Stephanie Tyrrell, Arts & Wellbeing Projects Manager, at Sense, said: “We’re delighted to bring Sense’s ‘I Know I Can’t See, But I Still Look’ exhibition to Birmingham. This special collection of work showcases some of the best visual arts, ceramics and textiles being created by artists from across the UK with sensory loss.”

Glenn Howells, Director at Glenn Howells, said:  “Involvement in arts can have a huge impact of an individual’s wellbeing and quality of life, by helping people to develop confidence, communication skills and sense of identity. Sense has a long and proud history of supporting people with sight and hearing impairments to find a way to express themselves creatively and we’re delighted that this unique exhibition will celebrate the colour, textures and narratives of some very talented deafblind artists working within our London, Birmingham and Exeter projects.”

The exhibition is free to the general public and opening hours are between 10am and 4pm.

Sense is a national charity that has been supporting and campaigning for children and adults who are deafblind for the last 60 years. There are currently around 250,000 deafblind people in the UK. Sense provides specialist information, advice and services to deafblind people, their families, carers and the professionals who work with them. We run services across England, Wales and Northern Ireland and employ 2,000 people, most of whom work in services directly with deafblind people. Our patron is HRH The Princess Royal. Further information can be found on Sense’s website –

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