Exhibition dates: 26.10.2021 – 14.12.2021
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Art is a barrier-free common language and MTR Corporation is making an effort to promote barrier-free art appreciation. A group of visually impaired people invited by Arts with the Disabled Association Hong Kong (ADAHK) broke away from the traditional perception of photography as a sight-led activity and took part in a photography workshop at Hong Kong West Kowloon Station. Twenty-four photos taken by six visually impaired photographers are now showcased in a photo exhibition titled "Beyond Sight ′Non-visual Photography′ @ Hong Kong West Kowloon Station" until 14 December 2021 at the "Art in MTR" gallery at Entrance/Exit J of MTR Central Station.
Through the perception of various senses, such as light, sound, touch, and with the aid of audio description provided by volunteers, visually impaired photographers were able to appreciate the artworks and the unique architectural designs in Hong Kong West Kowloon Station, and at the same time capture snapshots from their perspective as creative artworks during the workshop. To give everyone an equal right to appreciate art, the photo exhibition also provides an array of arts accessibility services, including audio description, braille information and sign interpretation. An online exhibition of the photographic works is also available at ADAHK’s website till 31 December 2021.
"Arts are for everyone. People with visual impairment should have equal opportunities to participate in photography, which is traditionally perceived as a visual-led activity. With the support of MTR Corporation, the concept of non-visual photography not only opens up new worlds to passengers but also offers a valuable chance for visually impaired persons to connect to and promote inclusion within the community through this meaningful event by MTR," said Ms Ida Lam, Chairperson of ADAHK.
"We are delighted to collaborate with ADAHK and utilise Hong Kong West Kowloon Station to arrange the inclusive events for people with visual impairment to appreciate the station artworks and provide a platform for them to showcase their talents for non-visual photography. These initiatives are part of our continuing effort to go an extra mile to support the local community and reflect our commitment in fostering an inclusive culture," said Ms Jeny Yeung, Hong Kong Transport Services Director of MTR Corporation.