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New exhibition at Cardiff University showcases photography by visually impaired

23 September 2008

Photographs taken by blind and partially sighted people from around the world take centre stage at a new exhibition at Cardiff University.

Displayed at the School of Optometry and Vision Sciences, the exhibition will be officially unveiled to an audience of invited guests on Wednesday 24 September 2008.

The photographs were taken by people at workshops in London and Mexico City as part of the Sight of Emotion project run by the charity PhotoVoice.

Sight of Emotion is designed to celebrate blind photography and aims to empower visually impaired communities to build a dialogue with sighted people, creating awareness and educating public audiences about the needs and experiences of visually impaired people.

Head of the School, Professor Tim Wess said: "The School is delighted to be hosting such an important exhibition, which celebrates the participation of blind and partially sighted people in the arts."

The photographs are the latest in a line of public art on show at the School, which includes the Shifting Perspectives Exhibition, designed to challenge misconceptions surrounding the diagnosis of Down’s syndrome, as well as paintings produced by female Pakistani artists living in Wales. The School’s atrium is also home to a permanent exhibition of three dimensional art pieces.

The School welcomes members of the public to view the Sight of Emotion exhibition, as well as the other artwork, from Monday’s to Friday’s 9am to 5pm.


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Notes to Editors:

1. The School of Optometry and Vision Sciences is considered the leader in its field in the UK having attained the highest ratings for both research (Grade 5*) and teaching quality ("Excellent") in the most recent Government assessments. The School is, and also plays a vital role in the provision of continuing professional development for optometrists and general practitioners.

• The School’s new premises will include teaching facilities for more than 300 undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as housing state-of-the-art laboratories and clinical suites for research and professional optometric training.

• Pioneering research is carried out at the School by staff who are world leaders in their areas of specialism. The new facility will further understanding of the cause, prevention and treatment of a wide spectrum of vision conditions including age-related macular degeneration (the major cause of blindness in the elderly), glaucoma, diabetic complications, cataracts and myopia (short-sightedness) - such advances bringing benefits world-wide.

• In addition to teaching and research, the School provides specialist clinical services for patients across Wales who have special educational needs, diabetes, glaucoma, epilepsy, low vision, partial sight or blindness.

• Services are being enhanced and expanded through the doubling in size of the School’s extensively-equipped Eye Clinic. Patients can choose to be seen by a resident optometrist or a supervised final year optometry student, receiving the same high quality eye care as professional clinics but allow the next generation of optometrists to gain valuable clinical experience. Eye tests are free in the student clinics and patients may receive discounts on eyewear.

• The new £20M optometry building represents a joint investment by the University and the Science Research Investment Fund. The latter is a joint initiative between the UK Funding Councils and the Office of Science and Technology to provide capital investment to strengthen the international competitiveness of the UK’s science base.

2. Cardiff University

Cardiff University is recognised in independent government assessments as one of Britain’s leading teaching and research universities. It is also ranked as one of the world’s top 100 universities by the Times Higher Education Supplement (THES).

2008 marks the 125th anniversary of Cardiff University having been founded by Royal Charter in 1883. Today the University combines impressive modern facilities and a dynamic approach to teaching and research. The University’s breadth of expertise in research and research-led teaching encompasses: the humanities; the natural, physical, health, life and social sciences; engineering and technology; preparation for a wide range of professions; and a longstanding commitment to lifelong learning.

Cardiff is a member of the Russell Group of the UK’s leading research universities.

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Further Information:

For further information or to attend the opening of the exhibition:

Victoria Dando

Public Relations Office

Cardiff University

Tel: 02920 879074