Bendigo Art Gallery

Full and effective participation and inclusion in society is rightly one of the guiding principles underlying the UN Convention on Rights for Persons with Disabilities. While vision impaired school students in Australia are provided with accessible graphics for their education, there is a need for access to graphics in a much wider setting, including that of leisure and the arts.

3D printed bear, tree and bird
Accessible version of “Happy Ending?” by Michael Doolan

As part of a broader initiative to improve the accessibility of the Bendigo Art Gallery, staff from the gallery have teamed up with Monash University’s SensiLab to create accessible versions of some of the most beloved pieces from their permanent collection. A range of technologies were explored, including 3D printing, 3D modelling and scanning, laser cutting, touch screen technology, along with more traditional tactile graphics and verbal descriptions.

This work is ongoing, with extensive user testing being conducted in collaboration with Vision Australia.

Last updated: August 8, 2018 at 13:49 pm