2020 - Ongoing

BEAM UP: Blind Engagement in Accessible Museum Project

A Creative Europe project that invites people with a visual impairment to get involved in the design of the exhibition experience.

BEAM UP is a project born to help museums to move from the production of services for people with visual impairments to the production of services done together with the visually impaired in the field of contemporary art.

Local expert groups, in Citta di Castello (IT), Zagreb (HR), and Cork (IE) are working together for two and a half years to research, design, plan, and implement a set of actions, approaches, mediations and events that will ensure visual art projects and exhibitions are accessible to people with a visual impairment. 

The Glucksman have brought together the LEG (local expert group) in Cork, where the members have met to discuss the ambitions of the project, the experiences of individuals engaging with visual art exhibitions, and the opportunities to facilitate wider audiences and communities. The LEG consists of Tom Kenny (UCC staff), Claire Butler (UCC student), Eoin Nash (COPE Foundation), Tadhg Crowley (The Glucksman), and Orla Dalby (The Glucksman).

BEAM UP is the follow-up to VIBE, Voyage Inside a Blind Experience, and has been developed in partnership with Atlante Servizi Culturali, along with the expertise of l’Istituto dei Ciechi di Milano, a leading institute for people who are visually impaired in Milan, Italy. 

The project is supported by the Arts Council of Ireland and the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.