Art and craft

Our Art and Craft department gives veterans an outlet for their creativity
Our Art and Craft department gives veterans an outlet for their creativity

Our Art and Craft department gives veterans an outlet for their creativity. Whether it's a skill someone thinks they may have lost or something they've never tried before, we help our blind veterans develop their creativity.

We are proud to have many links with our local communities and national art and craft organisations.

As part of this, the veterans exhibit in various galleries and museums, as well as Artists Open Houses in Brighton and a permanent installation at Newhaven Fort.

If you know of a veteran with sight loss request a callback to discuss FREE support or download an application form.


Some activities our veterans can enjoy are:

     • Painting

     • Drawing

     • Ceramics

     • Mosaics

     • Woodturning

     • Sculpture

     • Photography

 

These skills really help blind veterans to build their sense of independence and job satisfaction, and may even provide a little extra income.  The work of our art and craft department in Brighton was featured on BBC Online in May 2011.

 

Sheffield photography holiday

We recently ran a photography holiday at our Sheffield training centre.

Photography may be a challenge for visually-impaired people, but it is not impossible. Our veterans discovered how blind photographers can enjoy photography, despite the obvious challenges.


It's about more than the camera - we looked at ways of capturing shots, getting to the right place to take them and how to review work.

 

See our photography gallery with a selection of pictures from the week below:

 

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Exhibition at the Grange

Our Brighton centre art and craft workshop held a successful exhibition at The Grange in Rottingdean in November 2011. Their curator invited us after seeing our work at the Artist Open Houses event last December.

 

It was a great chance to show the wonderful art we produce to a wider audience, and also raise the Blind Veterans UK profile. We've had fantastic feedback and have been asked to show again next year.

 

"Brilliant exhibition - inspiring and very diverse. Well done, the standard is so high!" (Jan Munch)

 


How to apply for Blind Veterans UK's support

For someone to be entitled to Blind Veterans UK's free support and services, they need to have done National Service or served in the Armed Forces, and have significant sight loss.

It doesn't matter to us why someone's vision is impaired or when they lost their sight. Many of our veterans have lost their sight years after their service, due to age or illness.

We believe that no one who has served their country should have to battle blindness alone.

If you know of a veteran with sight loss request a callback to discuss FREE support or DOWNLOAD an application form.

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