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Beazley Designs of The Year 2020:
Multisensory Tour

Saturday 13 February 2021, 18:00 – 19:30

Image: This poster depicts the six objects of our talk, including Stormzy’s stab-proof vest designed by Banksy, a self-sanitizing door handle designed by Sum Ming Wong and Kin Pong Li, winners in the Fashion category, Telfar Bag designed by TELFAR, and winners in the PRODUCT category, Impossible Burger 2.0 designed by Impossible Foods.

Image credit: The Design Museum.

Join this virtual multisensory tour of Beazley Designs of the Year 2020.

What to expect

Join this virtual tour of a specially curated tour of the 13th year of Beazley Designs of the year for people with visual impairement or low vision.

Focusing on a selection of innovative projects and nominated by leading voices in the design world, this multisensory tour will explore how design is creating change in the world.

This tour will also include a creative activity task, and participants will be granted access to the Beazley Designs of the Year virtual experience.

#BeazleyDesignsOfTheYear #VirtualExhibition


OutSights 20/20
A short film for Life In A Day 2020.

June 2020.

Credits:

Working Walk, by Lynn Cox – Psychogeographer and Audio Description.

Cane Talk, by Zara Jayne – Mixed Media Artist.

Hot Drinks, by Clarke Reynolds – Mixed Media Artist.

Andrew Mashigo – Artistic Director.

Montravi Visuals – Video Editor.

#LifeInADay #ShortFilm


Sneakers Unboxed: From Studio to Street Multisensory Tour

Saturday 13 June 2020, 10.30 – 12.30

NOTE: CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC.

Image: Adidas trainers.

Image credit: The Design Museum.

Discover how sneaker culture has revolutionised the fashion industry in this multisensory tour for blind and partially sighted visitors.

What to expect

Cult classics, limited edition silhouettes and rare colourways are put under the spotlight. Go behind the scenes and explore the design processes for the most innovative kicks from self-lacing to 3D printed, 100% recyclable or cushioned with air bubbles.

Sneaker design has sparked a dedicated group of ‘sneakerheads’ all over the world, produced a reselling market worth $2 billion and revolutionised our relationship with sportswear.

Uncover style icons and brand collaborations that have shaped the sneaker scene including models by Nike, Adidas, Puma, Colette and Comme des Garçons as well as new releases such as the MSCHF Studio’s ‘Jesus Shoes’.

Please note that this tour is for blind and partially sighted visitors.

#sneakers


Electronic:


NOTE: CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC.

We explore the story of electronic music through the technological innovations that changed the way we listen to music in a multisensory tour for blind and partially sighted visitors.

What to expect

Electronic: From Kraftwerk to The Chemical Brothers explores the club culture, DIY design aesthetic and iconic documentary photography that surround electronic music.

Celebrate 50 years of legendary group Kraftwerk with a 3D show. Step into the visual world of The Chemical Brothers for one of their legendary live shows, as visuals and lights interact to create a new three-dimensional experience.

Please note that this tour is for blind and partially sighted visitors.

Warning: This exhibition contains strobe lighting and flashing lights, which might not be suitable for people with epilepsy.

This image depicts the Core audio-visual installation by 1024 architecture which works in harmony with the exhibition's soundtrack

Image: Sound reactive visual installations
Core audio-visual installation by 1024 architecture which works in harmony with the exhibition’s soundtrack.

Image Credit: The Design Museum.

#electronic


MaMoMi Moments.

Weekly Room Talks From The Comfort Of Your Home.
Theme: Bridging The Gap

Launched Monday 6 April
A Recurring Online Meeting, every Monday.

As a direct response to the covid-19 pandemic and understanding how the social-distancing guidelines impacts our ability to stay connected with our audience, we set up the MaMoMi Moments projects.

This online forum meets via Zoom every Monday afternoon to create, discuss and share, allowing us to stay in touch and find new and interesting ways to make and discuss art and design.

The caption reads MaMoMi Moments in bold blue branding typeface. An image of a lady wearing an orange shirt and holding modelling clay in her hands and facing towards us. The words Bridging The Gap is written just below the image

Using creative activities including Art, Craft, Creative Writing, Poetry and Dance, we reach out to our VI audience for weekly discussions and creative conversations.

The group is currently a small and open group. If you are interested in joining the sessions, please email Andrew at mamomi.initiative@yahoo.com

Image description: The words MaMoMi Moments are written in bold blue font. Directly below is an image of a lady in an orange shirt and holding modelling clay, facing towards us. The words Bridging the Gap is written below the image.

To view the most current presentations, please use this link MaMoMi Moments.

#MaMoMiMoments #BridgingTheGap


Stitching Together The Patchwork of Southwark Cathedral.

Saturday 28 March 2020.
10.00 – 12.00

NOTE: CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC

The Nave in Southwark Cathedral. The roof looks like an upturned ship and the lines along the arches lead the viewers from the ground all the way to the roof.

Image: The Nave in Southwark Cathedral | Image credit: Eve Milner.

Join this Multisensory Tour for blind and partially sighted visitors as we uncover the history, discover the stories of and explore Southwark Cathedral.

About this tour.

According to one travel writer, Southwark Cathedral is a great, big, friendly lump of a building, just what a cockney cathedral should be!

Led by London Blue Badge Tourist Guide and Southwark Cathedral guide Eve Milner, and supported by Andrew Mashigo, this Multisensory Tour will explore the history of Southwark Cathedral, a magnificent building situated between Guys Hospital, London Bridge station, railway viaducts, office towers and Borough Market.

We will view and be able to touch fragments of the 12th century priory, arches from the 13th century, the most perfect example of an early English Gothic chapel, carved roof bosses from the 15th century and gorgeous monuments created by exiled Huguenot sculptors restored to pristine condition.

We will also hear some previously unheard stories of the cathedral’s survival of the Great Southwark Fire of 1212, the religious rampages of Henry VIII, the German Luftwaffe blitz in 1940 and the violent entry during the London Bridge terror attack of 3rd June 2017.

Please note that this tour is for blind and partially sighted visitors.

Booking information.

To book a place on this tour, please email info@mamomiinitiative.com with your name and number of places required.

Please note there are limited spaces for this tour so we encourage you to book as soon as possible.

Tickets are priced at £6 and companions visit for free. Please retain confirmation details of your booked tickets.

Meeting point.

We will meet at the Millennium Courtyard off Montague Close. This is about five minutes walk from London Bridge.

Getting to Southwark Cathedral.

Southwark Cathedral is situated less than five minutes walking distance from London Bridge station

Address
Southwark Cathedral
London Bridge
London
SE1 9DA

The Cathedral is well served by a number of trains, buses, tube and boats.

London Underground

London Bridge Station (Jubilee and Northern Lines) is 5 minutes walk.

Monument (Circle & District Lines) is 8 minutes walk.

Cannon Street Station (Circle & District Lines) is 10 minutes walk.

Bank Station (Northern & Central Lines) is 15 minutes walk.

Buses

Routes 17, 21 ,35,40, 43,47,48, 133 ,141,149, 344, RV1 all stop at London Bridge Station, London Bridge or Borough High Street.

Accessibility at Southwark Cathedral.

The Cathedral is sorry that some parts of the Cathedral are not accessible to all visitors but are working to improve their facilities.

Toilets.
There are two toilets in the Cathedral precinct suitable for people with disabilities, and we will point these out to you.

Wheelchair Access.
Step-free access on all days of the week is from the Millennium Courtyard off Montague Close. We are sorry that at present there are no self-opening doors. There is a lift to meeting rooms and down to the basement.

Access to the Cathedral is at the shop end of Lancelot’s Link, where there is a lift. The Nave is accessible for wheelchairs and there are temporary ramps into the South Transept and the Retrochoir. Access to the High Altar, Choir and Retrochoir are available via the Parish Door.

Lifts.
There are lifts at either end of Lancelot’s Link giving access to the Cathedral, meeting rooms and toilets and ramps within the Cathedral.

Assistance Dogs.
Assistance Dogs are welcome at all times in the Cathedral and other areas. Water can be made available for them.

#SouthwarkCathedral


Beazley Designs of the Year 2019.
The Design Museum

Saturday 8 February 2020

The MySleeve was designed by Marie Van den Broeck and is a silicone cover that is mounted onto a crutch handle to help eliminate sore hands, improve grip and prevent crutches from falling

Image: MySleeve designed by Marie Van den Broeck | Image credit: Design Museum

Join this Multisensory Tour for blind and partially sighted visitors to discover influential designs from the fields of fashion, architecture, transport, product, graphics and digital.

What to expect
Now in its twelfth year, Beazley Designs of the Year is an annual celebration of the most original and exciting products, concepts and designers across the globe today. Nominators were asked to select their favourite designs that inspire, represent change in their field and capture this moment in time.

Date: Saturday 8th of February 2020

Time: 10:30 – 12:30

Booking: To book a place on this free tour, please email access@designmuseum.org with the title of the tour, your name and number of places required.

You can also call the Design Museum’s access team on +44 20 3862 5937 between 10 am and 5 pm, Monday to Friday.

Visit the Design Museum website for online booking via www.designmuseum.org

Getting to the Design Museum

The address is 224 – 238 Kensington High Street, London, W8 6AG

By underground
District and Circle lines to Kensington High Street, Central line to Holland Park, District and Piccadilly line to Earl’s Court and District and Piccadilly line to South Kensington.

By bus
The following bus routes stop near to the Design Museum: 9, 10, 27, 28, 49, C1


Moving To Mars.

The Design Museum
11 January 2020

Step on Mars is an immersive installation featuring high resolution imagery from Mars never seen in public before. Photo credit: Felix Speller

Image: Step on Mars. An immersive installation featuring high resolution imagery from Mars never seen in public before | Photo credit: Felix Speller

What to expect
Moving to Mars is an immersive exhibition transporting visitors to another planet. Exploring themes of sustainability, survival and space travel, this exhibition envisions our journey to Mars and questions our right to settle there.

This Multisensory Tour will explore the ways design can negotiate our relationship with our environment.

Please note that this tour is for blind and partially sighted visitors.

A workshop session will be our opportunity to explore the possible sensorial environments that Mars presents, and how we might respond to them.

Date: Saturday 11th of January 2020

Time: 10:30 – 12:30

Booking: To book a place on this free tour, please email access@designmuseum.org with the title of the tour, your name and number of places required.

You can also call the Design Museum’s access team on +44 20 3862 5937 between 10 am and 5 pm, Monday to Friday.

Visit the Design Museum website for online booking via www.designmuseum.org


Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition.

14 September 2019
The Design Museum

One point perspective corridor at the entrance to the exhibition. Image by Ed Reeve

Image: One point perspective corridor at the entrance to the exhibition at the Design Museum. Image by Ed Reeve

This Multisensory Tour gave us a unique insight into the work and methods of 20th-century film-maker Stanley Kubrick.

Drawing on the director’s vast archive, the exhibition focused on the design stories behind his iconic films; from his work with set-designers such as Ken Adams to his collaborations with composers and cinematographers.

The second of a 2-part tour of the exhibition, this tour focused on four of Kubrick’s films; Spartacus, A Clockwork Orange, Eyes Wide Shut and The Shining.

Read the post event blog via www.mamomiinitiative.com

#stanleykubrick


Sensory Associations.

1 – 3 September 2019
Tate Exchange
Tate Modern

2 participants can be seen watching a video on a 60 inch large screen TV while listening to the juxtaposition of sounds using the SubPac, which interprets sound into a tactile experience

Image: Sighted participants at the Sensory Associations audio-visual installation at Tate Exchange.

This audiovisual project by Andrew Mashigo explores the way we observe and interpret our immediate environment, encouraging sighted participants to re-assess how we interpret the world using visual perception. Andrew takes the narrative and translates that to audio physical experience, using the SubPac, a wearable technology audio unit.


Stranger By Design.

13 July 2019
The Design Museum

The Juicy Salif by Alessi

Image: The Juicy Salif designed by Philippe Starck, and made by Alessi | Image credit: Alessi

This Multisensory Tour uncovered strange, unconventional and innovative approaches to design from the museum’s handling collection.

From the unique work of Philippe Starck to a spoon ideal for people with poor hand control, this session focused on the design process behind a range of objects, asking how they might unsettle everyday experiences and the expectations of objects we use.


New Access Programme for visually impaired visitors, Somerset House
An Introductory Tour with a Focus Group.

1 June 2019
Somerset House

The Edmond J. Safra fountain court, with the North Wing in the background and the fountain in the foreground

Image: The Edmond J. Safra fountain court, Somerset House, with the North Wing in the background.

This Pilot session with a Focus Group explored the possibilities and opportunities available to visually impaired and differently-abled visitors to this contemporary arts centre in the heart of London.

Read more about this pilot tour in our blog post here.


Stanley Kubrick.

4 May 2019
The Design Museum

Image shows Stanley Kubrick on set during the filming of 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Image: Stanley Kubrick on set during the filming of 2001: A Space Odyssey | Image credit: Warner Bros Entertainment Inc.

Join this multisensory tour to gain a unique insight into the work and methods of the 20th century’s most iconic film-makers, Stanley Kubrick. Note that the tour starts at an earlier time of 10:30 as we anticipate the exhibition to be very busy.

Read more about this exhibition tour and booking information here.


Home Futures Exhibition.

12 January 2019
The Design Museum

The Bocca sofa by Studio 65 is a red lip sofa that became sofa became one of Studio 65's best-known pieces. It's two corners are not perfectly symmetrical, just as human lips would be.
Image: The Bocca Sofa | Image credit: Gufram

This multisensory tour explored what the home means today.

Discover the radical visions of 20th-century designers and how their visions compared to the homes of the present.

Read more about this in our Home Futures blog


Beazley Designs of the Year.

10 November 2018
The Design Museum

The Plastic free supermarket aisle, designed by A Plastic Planet
Image: The plastic-free supermarket aisle | Image credit: Design Museum

This multisensory tour of the eleventh Beazley Designs of the Year DOTY 2018 provided an overview of some of the main themes in the exhibition.

It then focused on case studies across fashion, architecture, digital, graphic design, product and transport.

Read more about Beazeley Designs of The Year 2018 in our blog


Communication and Equality: A Sensory learning and Engagement workshop for the Youth Explainer Programme.

3 November 2018
Kew Gardens

Image: Palm House | Image credit: Kew Gardens

The Youth Explainer programme at Kew Gardens is a bespoke training programme equipping young people with the knowledge, skills and confidence to engage visitors.

This half-day workshop for 25 young volunteers explored sensory learning techniques, evaluated engagement tools and how to engage different audiences.


Sensations and History: A Sensory Trail of Kensington.

19 August 2018
High Street Kensington Station, St Mary Abbots Parish Church, Kensington Gardens and Serpentine Pavilion 2018

This image shows some participants of the Sensory Trail listening to some interesting facts about St Mary Abbots Parish Church
Image: VI participants during our tour of St Mary Abbots Parish Church

The sensory trail of Kensington explored some interesting historical sites. Starting at High Street Kensington station via St Mary Abbots Parish Church and Kensington Gardens, the Trail concluded at the Serpentine Pavilion, with plenty of stops for breaks and discussions along the way.

Read our Sensations and History blog


A Multisensory Architecture Tour of the Design Museum.

12 May 2018
The Design Museum

The image shows the exterior building of the Design Museum
Image credit: Design Museum

This architecture tour of the Design Museum offered visually impaired visitors an introduction to the key architectural features of the Design Museum, as well as a chance to explore the history of this landmark modernist structure


Ferrari: Under the Skin, The Multisensory Tour
17 March 2018.

The Design Museum

Image shown is the entrance to the Ferrari: Under the Skin exhibition. It shows the name of the exhibition in a large black texts, against the red wall.
Image: Entrance to the Ferrari exhibition | Image credit: Design Museum

The Ferrari: Under the Skin tour for visually impaired visitors focused on the unique design and engineering stories behind this unique luxury car brand.

A hands-on workshop explored some of the themes and ideas from the exhibition after the tour.

Read the Ferrari: Under The Skin blog here


Designer Maker User Exhibition: The User Tour
13 January 2018.

The Design Museum

Image credit: Design Museum

The Designer Maker User tour explored user interaction with design and observed and discussed how users influence design.

The tour concluded with a workshop session that focused on designs that have positively impacted the lives of disabled users, particularly visually impaired users.


Beazley Designs of the Year Multisensory Tour
18 November 2017.

The Design Museum

This is an image of Port House Antwerp by Zaha Hadid Architects
Image credit: Port House Antwerp ©Hufton+Crow

The Beazley Designs of the Year 2017 multisensory tour introduced several of the projects in the DOTY exhibition and their underlying themes.

The tour focused on how we can assess the value of design and it’s long-term impact and ended with workshop activities in response to the exhibition.

Read our Beazley Designs of The Year 2017 blog here.


Museums Association Conference and Exhibition 2017.
16 November 2017
15.30pm – 16.00pm
Room One
Free
Manchester Central Convention Centre
Image description: Andrew delivers the Beyond Sight workshop at the Museum Practice and Careers Hub Workshop, a programme of free workshops that was part of Museums Association's annual conference and exhibition, at the Manchester Central Convention Centre

The Museum Practice and Careers Hub Workshop was a programme of 30 free workshops and part of Museums Association Annual Conference and Exhibition, which took place at the Manchester Central Convention Centre on 16 and 17 November 2017.

We focused on the 3D imaging project commissioned in 2016 for the Dialogue Beyond Sight exhibition in London.


The Design and Play Multisensory Tour: Exploring Designer Maker User.

9 September 2017
The Design Museum

An image of the Maker section of the Designer Maker User exhibition, with the 3D print objects on display
Image credit: Design Museum

This Design Museum multi-sensory tour of Designer Maker User explored the relationship between design and play.

At the workshop session, participants co-designed new objects in response to the theme of design and play.

Read our Design and Play exploring designer maker user blog.


Visit to ZSL London Zoo: Summer 2017.

16 July 2017
ZSL London Zoo

Image: Entrance to the Tiger Territory at London Zoo | Image credit: Ryan Prince Art

Our first group social visit to ZSL London Zoo was great fun and with the fortune of good weather throughout our 4-hour visit, except for very light showers right at the end of the day.
Read ZSL London Zoo visit for our blog.


Designer Maker User Exhibition.

10 June 2017
The Design Museum

The Designer, Maker, User exhibition, Design Museum
Image credit: Design Museum

This multisensory tour explored the Design Museum’s permanent collection, Designer Maker User, stopping at particular exhibits designed to provide an introduction to contemporary design and to explore the ways in which design engages with all of our senses.

Read Designer Maker User for our blog


The Open Senses Symposium.

19 May 2017
Institute of Philosophy, University of London

The Open Senses Symposium
Image credit: Open Senses

The Open Senses Symposium hopes to challenge, demonstrate and interrogate how a sensory practice is capable of building greater connection to the world, our environment, the people around us and ourselves.

Read The Open Senses Symposium for full programme


The Design Museum: A Sensory Trail.

11 March 2017
The Design Museum

Image: Tent in the Park, by Clementine Blakemore

The Sensory Trail will stop at interesting features along a tour designed to explore physical features and a tactile walkway around and within the museum.​

Read our the New Design Museum touch tours blog.


Disabled Access Day 2017.

10 – 12 March 2017

Disabled Access Day 2017
Image credit: Disabled Access Day

We are taking part!

Our next tour at the Design Museum coincides with Disabled Access Day 2017


The Design Museum: A Building Tour.

3 December 2016
The Design Museum

Image: The new Design Museum
Image credit: The Design Museum

This multisensory tour for visually impaired visitors offers an insight into the transformation of the Design Museum


Dialogue Beyond Sight Exhibition.

12 – 17 July 2016
Gallery@oxo
Oxo Tower Wharf
London SE1 9PH

Dialogue Beyond Sight exhibition

Dialogue Beyond Sight was a multi-sensory cross-disciplinary collaboration between visually impaired artists and performers.

Go to Dialogue Beyond Sight for more information


Bike-ability: The Cycle Revolution: A Multi-Sensory Tour.

9 April 2016
The Design Museum

Image credit: Ultracane

Taking a tour of the Cycle Revolution exhibition, this tour, Bike-Ability: the Cycle Revolution, examines some revolutions in bicycle design, with a focus on material and function.

This tour includes a handling session and a demonstration of a bicycle kit designed to allow people who are blind or visually impaired to cycle independently.


The 4D Experience: A workshop exploring the multisensory.

14 June 2014
Nancy Victor Gallery
6 Charlotte Place
London W1T 1SG

This is an image of a shortbread made for the 4D experience workshop

This one-day event explored how the multisensory approach can enhance the experience and interpretation of visual art, working with blind, visually impaired and deaf blind participants.