Alistair’s Fresh Arts Wood Carvings

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Wood Carver Alistair Parks attended a Bristol Braillists meeting to ask advice about making graphic wood carved panels accessible to blind and visually impaired people. He was making the panels for the Fresh Arts Festival at Southmead Hospital, Bristol in collaboration with the patients, staff and visitors.

He wanted to ensure that everyone visiting or working in the hospital was able to enjoy them, as much of the existing artwork was flat, behind glass or out of reach and so not accessible to a large number of hospital users.

At the Braillists meeting members of the group were highly interested in his project and gave a lot of feedback which led to the inclusion of Braille on the panels. Members of Bristol Braillists also visited his workshop to experience the panels in the making and provide on going support.

The panels have been completed and are installed and viewable in the Brunel building of Southmead Hospital, Bristol, UK.

You can read Alistair’s account of his project on his blog in three parts – part 1, part 2, part 3.

Tactile Sculpture: Installation and Unveiling @ Southmead Hospital, Bristol

On Tuesday 1st March Alistair Park’s carved panels will be installed in Southmead Hospital in Bristol.

Alistair worked with Bristol Braillists to include Braille into his design after coming to one of their meetings.

There will be a public unveiling at 2:30pm on Friday 11th March by the chair of the NHS trust. The event is open to everyone and there will be guides on hand to provide assistance where required.

You can find out more about Alistair and his work through his website (Alistair Park’s website) and blog (Alistair Park’s blog)