Call for Artists: Sensory Trail

Sensory Trail – Expressions of interest from artists working with the senses.

The Access to Heritage project – a Mencap Liverpool project is working in partnership with The National Trust at Speke Hall in Liverpool to create a multi sensory trail.

Speke Hall is a Tudor Manor house with rich Victorian interior, set in formal gardens and woodland estate on the outskirts of Liverpool, as much of the furnishings and collection are indigenous to the Hall and in need of careful conservation/ preservation, the Hall is roped off in certain areas and there are the usual ‘do not touch’ constraints. It is a challenging context within which to offer opportunities for sensory interpretation and tactile engagement, but a newly developed and bespoke design sensory trail would offer this opportunity to all visitors. It would be of particular benefit to those for whom this form of interpretation is most accessible – i.e. people with learning disabilities, visual/ hearing impairments, and young children.

We are looking for expressions of interest from Artists who work with the senses to work in consultation with the “Access to heritage forum” – which is a group of adults with learning disabilities who are dedicated to making interpretation at heritage venues more accessible.

Selected Artists would be expected to undertake a consultation process with the forum members, including visits to Speke Hall and workshops before submitting ideas for the sensory trail. During design and making we would expect the forum to try out the sensory trail before it is finalised.

Funding is currently being sought for this project – Artist fees will be £4200 for each artist. A budget of £1500 is available for materials for each artist.

The project is due to start in March 2008 and will be completed by November 2008.

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