Sensory arts and inclusivity: an artist’s view

We thought we’d share this great footage taken behind-the-scenes at our current project Making Together with national disability charity Sense…

The project, funded by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, is being delivered over three stages this year and next. The second stage of work involved professional artists Karoline Rerrie (featured above) and Annette Pugh ARBSA mentoring Sense art-makers with complex disabilities.

The artwork produced is currently on show at the RBSA through September and into October.

Francesca Currie is an RBSA Member commissioned to create a body of work documenting the workshops hosted at Sense.

Artwork produced is currently on show at the RBSA.


Kadir and Yiannis at work

She said: ‘It was wonderful to see Sense art-makers enjoy the texture and colour of the paint and the process of making the artwork.

‘I want my body of work to be about the communication between art-maker, artist and support staff. I incorporated hands as for many involved, hands are the best way of communicating whether through body language or sign.


‘Working in collaboration like this allows for the artwork to evolve at each stage. The outcome is unpredictable, and there is something exciting about that.

‘Many of the greatest pieces of art were created by people who had a visual impairment- Monet, Matisse and Van Gogh for example. I wonder if it allows for a freedom to create things differently.

‘It’s clear at Sense that there is playfulness in creating and a joy in the process, which is what art should be about. I am very excited to see all the artists’ end results, and I am looking forward to creating work about it.’

By Francesca Currie RBSA

Visit the exhibition!

The RBSA and Sense Making Together: Mentor Programme exhibition runs until 12 October.

Find out more about the artists Annette Pugh and Karoline Rerrie

Annette is a painter who also works with lens-based media. She specialises in the use of digital and analogue technologies and their impact on painting and drawing. She has worked extensively with community based projects and in education as teacher/lecturesr of art and design to MA level. Annette has exhibited widely in group and solo projects and her work is held in commercial enterprises and private collections.

Karoline is an illustrator who creates images by hand using drawing and screen printing. Her work is characterised by bold outlines, pattern and bright colours so it is well suited to the technique of screen printing. As well as printmaking she is inspired by folk art, craft and costumes from around the world and Eastern Europe in particular.

What are we doing next?

Stage Three of the project will involve artists Rob Hamp and Andrea Hannon (whose art collaboration is known as Ha). They will be working with Sense charity shops and a Sense artist to create sculptures from donated items. More to follow on ArtBlog in the coming months. Be sure to follow the behind-the-scenes updates regarding the shop visits by following the project on social media: @rbsagallery, @titled_ha on Twitter.

Making art more accessible for everyone

RBSA Gallery and Sense TouchBase Pears have a range of activities and resources to help people to enjoy art.

RBSA Gallery is open seven days a week and is free to visit. All visitors are welcome, and staff are happy to help. If you would like to have access to our sensory handling collections during your visit, please contact the Gallery to let us know. For access and outreach information to help you plan your visit and learn more about RBSA, see our online films: AND

Sense TouchBase Pears offers an extensive range of inclusive creative activities. View their full programme on their website:

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