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Wednesday 25 September 2019

Tactile Tours at Fringe Furniture

Training with (Left to Right) Tom, Brigit, Amber, Karli and trainer Nilgun.
Kicking off the tour. This outdoor set of chairs was a great way to start.


Amber (centre) shows off her piece which is a metal / fibre tapestry in the form of a fly.

Talking and listening session after the tour which was universally well received and voted better than other tactile tours on offer in Melbourne. "Nothing was out of bounds" was a great feature of the tour. Despite conducting tours for 6 years, Nilgun is taking a prodigious set of notes. How can it be better next time? How was the transport? How could this approach be exported to other events?

More listening.

and more listening.


Over the last week I've had the pleasure of taking part in Fringe Furniture Tactile Tours.

These are billed as

"Get up close and personal with some of the most extraordinary objects on display at Fringe Furniture. Designed especially for people who are blind or vision impaired, an experienced accessibility guide will take you on an audio described tour - piece-by-piece - into every nook, cranny, curve and corner that these playful works boast."

Nilgun led both the training session and tour I attended and both were great. It is interesting to explore works from a tactile, non-sighted perspective and I was able to talk and hands-on touch visitors through the Ta-Da unveiler.  Everyone on the tour enjoyed themselves and provided great feedback. Next tour is Saturday September 28 when Tom Dempster will be speaking.

Regards  Steve Nurse

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