Scottish War Blinded Host World War One Commemorative Art Exhibition

Posted: 03/11/2014 | Scottish War Blinded

Scottish War Blinded hosted ‘Commemorative Vision’ at the Linburn Centre on Saturday 25 October 2014 as part of Age Scotland’s Luminate Festival.

The Luminate Festival takes place across Scotland throughout October and spotlights arts activities by and for older people, as well as events for audiences across the generations. The festival showcases projects and events run by communities and arts organisations nationwide.

Scottish War Blinded Luminate Festival Art ExhibitionThe event’s focal point was a World War One art and woodwork exhibition produced by Scottish War Blinded members at the Linburn Centre.

Visitors enjoyed viewing a captivating array of artworks based on the themes of combat, sacrifice and reflection. Artist profile cards described the range of visual impairments members overcome to paint and the inspiration behind the art.

The woodwork produced by members represented the legacy of Scottish War Blinded’s foundation in 1915. Many blinded soldiers returning from World War One were trained in workshop skills as part of the rehabilitation and training provided to support independent living.

Visitors also enjoyed the opportunity to tour the Linburn Centre learning about the wide range of creative activities on offer. Workshops were organised in the art and workshop inviting visitors to perform creative activities whilst using visual impairment simulation spectacles.

Visitor comments:

“I had a wonderful time seeing the artwork that the members have created – very talented and inspiring. It was great to see the centre and what a calming, creative place it is.”

“The level of artwork was amazing when you consider the difficulty of painting with a visual impairment.”

“It’s really good to see how many different opportunities are on offer. The crafts produced and facilities are amazing.”