Blind and low vision locals in Nelson enjoyed an audio description of artwork at the Light Nelson Festival in September.

Set to brighten up winter, the festival featured an outdoor gallery of brilliant light installations and collaborations of art, science and technology. Over 40 artists let their creativity loose through a range of innovative media. This included laser technology, digital imagery, performance and music with high levels of interaction and surprise for the viewer.

Several artists loaned elements of their artwork so that people could also touch the creations during the audio description.

Amanda Stevens says the event was a great opportunity for clients to participate in arts and culture.

“For those with some vision, to be able to see the photographs by learning the science behind them, audio description and by touch was fantastic.

Erin Eyles, Recreation and Community Advisor, organised this event with support of Blind Citizens NZ (Nelson branch). She says she is looking forward to making these opportunities happen more regularly.

“The event has started an interesting dialogue between the festival collective and our clients for future festivals. This brings great value to the training our audio describer group received last year. Opportunities like this small event give practice and exposure to our clients on what audio description is all about.

“This has built new connections and started conversations between the arts community and our clients, to further explore concepts and accessibility.”

Thanks to the Light Nelson collective, our volunteers, audio describer and Blind Citizens NZ (Nelson branch) for coming together to help make this happen.