Seeing the city in a new light

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A southside artist has created a series of walking tours, entitled As I See It, to bridge the gap in understanding between sighted and sight impaired people.

Terra Incognita’s artistic director Victoria Beesley, from Queen’s Park, has been working with a group of visually impaired volunteers to create a walking tour of the westend’s Kelvingrove Park, led by tour guides with sight loss and visual impairments.

“I recently became aware of the difficulties in navigating Glasgow for people who’ve experienced sight loss,” said Victoria. “I wanted to find out more about their experiences and create an environment where their voices are given priority.”

Through a series of weekly workshops, the tour guides have explored the relationship that they have with Glasgow — the smell, taste, feel and sound of the city, highlighting a side of the city that many sighted people miss.

“I like meeting and sharing stories with people.” added guide Emmanuelle Adesegun.

As I See It works in partnership with the Arches and is funded by Awards for All and Glasgow.

The tours will also be available as an audio download so the walks and stories of the participants will be available for audiences to listen to independently.

Tours, for groups of up to 10 walkers and with a little local and social history thrown in, will last around 40 minutes with starting times staggered between 11:30am, 2pm and 3:30pm on Saturday, November 8. Tickets £5.

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