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Portsmouth Festivities- Clarke Reynolds Eye Sea Squares Workshop
April 10, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Clarke Reynolds is registered severely sighted with a condition called retinas pigmentosa. He is also a visual artist using sound to inspire his art in which he uses fabric and textiles so that visually impaired people can interact with the piece through touch.
Before losing his sight Clarke studied art at a higher level gaining a degree in model making. Last year he was nominated for the best visual artist of year by the Portsmouth Guide awards. This came off the back of two artist residency’s and artist talks throughout the year, including a talk at the Royal Academy of Arts, London.
Clarke is an Aspex Gallery association member and a member of Outside In, which is a disability arts organisation based in Chichester. This year Clarke is creating a community art project for Portsmouth Festivities to highlight visual impairment through sound and texture. He will be going into five local schools and hosting various workshops around Portsmouth where people of all ages will
create a tactile piece of art inspired by the sound of the sea on a piece of 20cm square fabric.
Clarke will be sewing the completed pieces to a white piece of fabric, forming a large tactile tapestry that is inspired by the sounds of the sea. This project is all about showing that art doesn’t always have to be visual, allowing visually impaired people to interact with the art through sound and touch, triggering an emotional response to the art.
In support of the project, Hotwalls Studios will be hosting Clarke inside the Round Tower on Wednesday 10th April from 12pm until 4pm, allowing anyone interested to participate in his project and create a 20cm square piece of fabric that will be included in his final piece for Portsmouth Festivities in June. No booking required, just drop by and pay Clarke a visit.