Artlink and Juliana Capes recently delivered some training in verbal description to support gallery staff and Artlink volunteers to work with people with a visual impairment. “Spend plenty time in a space, looking at details. Counting steps, windows, measuring distances; thinking about visual equivalents for sizes and shapes. Prior analysis is needed to simplify something visually complex into a simple statement that can reside in participants head and be a framework for them to place any more detail and contextual info you give them.”
Juliana creates mental maps to give structure to a description – for example during a very wet walk on the royal mile she used the image of a fish tail to describe the main route of the Royal Mile and the numerous closes leading off on either side. Refering to this image, we quickly knew where we were during the walk.