Creative Hawkhead Centre veterans prepare to exhibit self-portrait sculptures at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

Posted: 11/10/2018 | Scottish War Blinded

Hawkhead Centre members are gearing up for an exciting event at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum next week, as they unveil some of their artwork to the public.

The Seeing Through Sculptures exhibition at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum on Tuesday, October 16, running from 12pm to 3.45pm, will feature self-portrait busts which were created across eight sessions with artist Jason Davis.

The members took on the challenge of creating their own heads in clay – and the results show amazing likenesses to their creators.

Centre officer Lorraine Bruce will head over to the museum with a group of members who were involved in the project to show off their fantastic artwork.Hawkhead member Christina poses with her self-portrait sculpture as she adds the finishing touches

They will also run an 'Eye Challenge' alongside the exhibition, giving children of all ages the chance to have a go at clay model making while wearing simulation goggles, simulating sight loss. 

Hawkhead member, Christina Johnson, is one of the veterans to have her self-portrait sculpture displayed at the Kelvingrove Gallery on Tuesday. 

“We were excited and amazed because we didn’t think we would be able to do it,” Christina said.

“I’d thought I would make a mess of it. I can’t see a great deal, I see shapes – and I don’t see faces very well unless I’m close up.

“But I’d do a part of it and then think, ‘Well, I managed that,’ and then started to think, ‘I must do this’. You get engaged with it. It was just great fun.”

“It goes to show when you’re determined to do something, that’s the best thing you can be.”

The event will also feature demonstrations of some of the specialist equipment Scottish War Blinded can offer their members with sight loss, free of charge – from talking gadgets to various magnifiers.

Katrina Campbell, Rehabilitation officer at the Hawkhead Centre, added:“There are numerous misconceptions around visual loss. Many people can't understand how someone with a guide dog might still be able to read a newspaper or how someone can negotiate around obstacles on a street but then not recognise their own daughter.

“The Eye Challenge is a fun creative way to give families an understanding of some of the challenges of living with an eye condition.”

The Seeing Through Sculptures exhibition and Eye Challenge sessions will take place in the museum’s main centre hall. We'd love to see you there!

Art is just one of the activities on offer to Scottish War Blinded members at the Hawkhead Centre. Find out more about it here.