Marcia (pupil at St Vincent's school), during the filming of her journey for Ticket to Ride with film maker Paul McCann.
Ticky Lowe, artist and Director of Making Sense, makes interactive and multi-sensory artworks and interpretation for museums and galleries. Her latest display, Ticket to Ride opened at the Museum of Liverpool last week. Ticky blogs for us here, describing the project that runs until 4 September 2015.
"Ticket to Ride is an immersive travel experience. We want visitors to the Museum to step inside the travel pod and experience something that most of us take for granted - getting the bus - from someone else's perspective. Making Sense worked with 3 pupils from St Vincent’s School for the Visually Impaired to help them document their unique perspective of bus travel.
Each of the young people involved had the opportunity to share their experience of their specific visual impairment, and express how it affected their ability to undertake a bus journey.
Over the following weeks, the pupils - Marcia, Robbie and Rainbow demonstrated the range of mobility skills required to complete a bus journey, and highlight the challenges and obstacles that have to be surmounted. Each of their journeys were captured by a video camera operator, a sound engineer and a photographer, footage from which is in the three short films screened in the Ticket to Ride pod.
It is hoped that not only will the schools involvement in the project serve to raise public awareness of the challenges that the visually impaired traveller has to face, but also what our pupils have to offer potential employers. With an unemployment rate of 85% amongst those with visual impairments, it is hoped that this project can serve to highlight the employability of our pupils, such as in a consultancy process designed to improve a given service, or in terms of improving best-practice and accessibility for all.
The pupils really enjoyed their part in the project, with each keen to express their feelings about it.
“It was an extremely interesting experience, and I enjoyed helping out”.
“It was interesting, and a new experience”.
“It was a good experience – it was good to work with people outside of school, and it was good to know that people are paying attention to people with visual and hearing impairments”."