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8th Aug, 2022

Student champions Art for visually impaired

AN ART and design student at Stratford College is aiming to make art accessible for the visually impaired.

Alicia Hackett, who has visual impairments, is determined to get people to see art from a different perspective.

The 19-year-old’s current work is in response to her own visual impairments, living with double vision and Nystagmus.

The Stratford resident has lived with many invisible disabilities, and this has inspired her Art: “During my GCSEs I explored my brain condition, Chiari malformation, and at A-Level I focused on Fibromyalgia.

“I want to create work that raises awareness of issues as well as create immersive experiences for viewers that helps them stop making snap judgements.”

Art and design lecturer, Andrew Woodhead, said: “Alicia’s artwork in response to visual impairments is important because it breaks down barriers in terms of accessibility to the arts and helps promote a more inclusive culture and exchange of ideas.”

“Alicia will be continuing on to university with an unconditional offer to Chelsea College. We are extremely excited to see what she creates next.”

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