Blind veterans’ artwork features in Liverpool exhibition

An exhibition exploring the role of art in helping blind and vision-impaired veterans overcome the barriers and challenges of sight loss is set to open in Liverpool this month.

‘Art – Life Beyond Sight Loss’ will include paintings, wood work and ceramics produced by a number of blind veterans who have been trained in new techniques after visiting Blind Veterans UK’s training and rehabilitation centres.

Since its founding in 1915, the charity has considered the study of art and craft skills to be an important element of rehabilitation for the blind veterans it supports.

The exhibition at St George’s Hall will explore the impact of arts and crafts on the lives of blind veterans and illustrate how the military charity has enabled many of its beneficiaries to build confidence, self-belief and independence.

Members of the public will be able to see the artwork from January 14 to 29, excluding Mondays and Tuesdays, and will be open from 10am until 4pm.

Admission is priced at £3 per adult, £1.50 per child with reduced rates available for groups and schools.

Visitors to the exhibition will also be given the opportunity to learn about the origins of the charity, Blind Veterans UK’s connections with Liverpool and how they can get involved.

For those particularly interested in volunteering with Blind Veterans UK, drop-in days will be held on January 18 and 19 for people who want to learn more about volunteering opportunities in Liverpool.

Many of the items displayed in the exhibition will be up for auction, including a collection of signed portraits of celebrities such as Steven Gerrard, Joanna Lumley, Andy Murray, Lorraine Kelly and many more.

For more information on the exhibition, auction or drop-in days, call 01492 864574 or email victoria.beech@blindveterans.org.uk.