69 Capel Street, West Melbourne VIC 3003

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Disability Access: KINGS Artist-Run is a wheelchair accessible venue. Unfortunately, there is no wheelchair accessible toilet. Please contact the gallery with any access requirements and we will endeavour to support your visit.

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Kings Artist-Run provides a location for contemporary art practice, supporting distinctive experimental projects by artists at all stages of their careers.
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KINGS Artist-Run acknowledges the Wurundjeri and Boonwurrung people of the Kulin Nation as the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we operate.

We offer our respect to Elders both past and present and extend this offer to all Australian First Nations people.

Visual Description in Art Spaces with Fayen d’Evie

2.30 – 4.30pm, Saturday 30th July

Locations: Victorian Quaker Centre and KINGS Artist-Run Initiative

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Led by artist Fayen d’Evie and presented in collaboration with Open House Melbourne, this session will be a conversational workshop, in which we create and discuss visual description of artworks and exhibitions. Through approaches that not only increase access for those who are blind or have low vision, but also expand the possibilities of reading an artwork. 

This workshop is open to all but may be particularly useful for gallery personnel, curators and artists with an interest in access. Together, we will develop a polyphonic audio description, guided by sensory scores, for a site-specific installation of a video work by Cauleen Smith, ‘Sojourner’.

Fayen’s own experience of low vision has allowed her to develop a practice that is unconstrained by the ‘narrow idea of a normative perceiving body’.  She proposes access as a ‘blatantly political position – an insistence that more can be done to offer diverse perceptual entry points into our creative conversations.’


Access Note and Covid Safety: The event is wheelchair accessible and Auslan interpreters will be made available upon request. Please contact us with any additional access requirements and we will endeavour to support your participation in this event. We endeavour to make this a COVIDSafe event, masks will be available and social distancing will be encouraged.


Additonal Information for Participants:

We will begin by gathering nearby Kings, at The Victorian Quaker Centre, which is one of the sites for Open House Melbourne’s exhibition ‘Take Hold of the Clouds’, 30-31 July. Together, we will develop a polyphonic audio description there, guided by sensory scores, for a site-specific installation of a video work by Cauleen Smith, ‘Sojourner’.

We will then move to KINGS Artist-Run, just 250 meters away, to discuss our shared encounter with Sojourner, and to experiment with other creative approaches to visual description. Participants are welcome to propose challenging artworks from their own artistic or curatorial practice for us to consider. All possibilities are welcome, including still and moving images, sound and video installations, sculptural works, performance, performance, durational, choreographic works are welcome.

Take Hold of the Clouds is a curated project as part of Open House Melbourne’s 2022 July Weekend program and is produced in partnership with Monash University. The exhibition is conceived by Tara McDowell, Director of Curatorial Practice at Monash Art, Design and Architecture, and co-curated with Fleur Watson, Open House Melbourne’s Executive Director.
This series of public programs has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body and Open House Melbourne.