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UWE Artist Plays Tricks with Your Brain

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Bristol Eye Hospital Artist in residence and University of the West of England Research Fellow, Shelley James is leading a drop-in workshop to celebrate International Brain Awareness Week at the Grant Bradley Gallery in Bedminster on Saturday 17 March from 11.00 to 15.00.

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The interactive event is the culmination of an exhibition of Shelley's work developed with partially sighted and blind people at the RNIB called 'Second Sight' that has been on show at the Grant Bradley Gallery since January.

Shelley James explains, "Science is the inspiration for my recent print and glass work: the source images are medical scans of my own eye and brain, with many thanks to the Richardson Cross unit at the Bristol Eye Hospital and the University of Bristol research teams led by Professor Andrew Dick. The 'Second Sight' exhibition, developed through conversations with members of the RNIB in Bristol, develops a central theme: the connection (and frequent disconnect) between outer appearance and inner experience. This exhibition has been created to be as accessible to blind and partially-sighted people as possible: visitors are encouraged to touch these small-scale glass sculptures, while we hope that special lighting and magnification, audio tours, Braille and large format material will help to make the experience rewarding for everyone.

"The interactive event on 17 March will be a fun way of illustrating how things are not always what they seem at first glance. Visitors will be invited to hunt for materials by touch alone to explore how the hand can deceive the eye. Help will be on hand to add a personal message and create a colourful pinwheel to take home perhaps as a gift for Mother's Day."