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Visual Art Exchange’s ‘TACTILE’ re-emphasizes a multi-sensory experience

Laken Geiger  May 3, 2016  Art Walks, Communities, Previews & Reviews“Seeing is believing,” some might say. So what happens when a venue traditionally known for a visual experience forgoes sight?


There’s no debate that, historically, art galleries have predominately relied on visual responses. But as technology advances, cross referencing the arts along the way, the role of the gallery can be further realized as an all-encompassing sensory exploration that transcends just the objective or subjective visual categorization.

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“TACTILE,” open to the public May 6, encourages visitors to rely on touch, smell, hearing and even taste to experience each 22 unique pieces. The show has a robust representation of 17 artists, sourced from seven different states, that were selected by Tom Pursey, co-founder of Flying Objects, a London-based creative agency that won an IK Prize in 2015 for their multi-sensory exhibition “Tate Sensorium” at Tate Britain.

By way of it’s mission to make the arts more accessible, VAE is a destination for people with disabilities and serves the whole community in providing a wide-ranging art experience to enrich exploration and learning. Guided tours of the exhibition are being hosted on Saturday, May 21:

11 a.m. – Open exhibition tour
1 p.m. – Audio described tour
3 p.m. – ASL interpreted tour

RSVP for a tour by emailing VAE’s director of exhibitions or calling 919.828.7834, ext 6
In addition to the exhibition, VAE is hosting two workshops in conjunction with “TACTILE.” DOUBLE DUTY will be a creative writing workshop utilizing all of your senses. CREATING SPACE will be a workshop around planning universally designed and multi-sensory exhibitions.

“TACTILE,” a multi-sensory and universally designed exhibition
Visual Art Exchange (Main Gallery), 309 W. Martin St., Raleigh
May 6 to 26; juried by Tom Pursey, co-founder of Flying Objects