Year

2020

Summary

Blind Engagement in Accessible Museum Projects (BEAM UP) features The Glucksman Gallery, Cork as a partner. Beam Up is the follow-up to the VIBE project which was also financed by the Creative Europe Programme. VIBE was a project designed to create the first model of contemporary art temporary exhibition accessible both by seeing and visually impaired people.

Lead Partner

Cooperativa Atlante, Italy

Co-Partner(s)
  • Glucksman Gallery, UCC, Cork
  • Instituto dei Ciechidi Milano, Italy
  • MSU museum, Zagreb, Croatia. 
Funding Strand

Smaller Scale Cooperation Project

Community Grant

€199,988

Description

BEAM UP (2020 - 2022) is the follow-up to the VIBE project which was also financed by the Creative Europe Programme. VIBE was a project designed to create the first model of contemporary art temporary exhibition accessible both by seeing and visually impaired people. For BEAM UP, actions will be carried out by local groups of experts, composed by museum operators, visually impaired people, and visual disability experts. BEAM UP will share the methods developed with relevant public and private institutions, museums and cultural institutions.

BEAM UP project, submitted by the same VIBE partnership, will develop a method that will allow the partnership to move from the production of services to the production of services done in co-operation with the visually impaired in the field of contemporary art. 

The project priorities are audience development and the improvement of skills and competence of the cultural operators. The core activity of BEAM UP will be the design and implementation of arrangements, techniques and devices to make contemporary art exhibitions accessible to visually impaired people. 

All the actions will be carried out by local groups of experts, composed of museum operators, the visually impaired  and visual disability experts. BEAM UP will disseminate new methods to other public and private institutions, starting with the establishment of a local Stakeholders Forum in each of the project locations. The stakeholders will be museums and cultural institutions; institutes and associations of the disabled, and SMEs belonging to the CCI and related sectors. The project will last two and a half years (2020 - 2022).

Testimonial from Irish Partner

'The BEAM UP project will develop a method to facilitate the production of services for and with visually impaired people in the field of contemporary art. Key aims are audience development and the improvement of skills of cultural operators in making exhibitions accessible to visually impaired people.'