Phase Two Exhibition: Running Errands
Running errands refers to people undertaking short journeys to get trivial tasks done. For the sighted, city life is full of convenience. They can effortlessly navigate through passages, elevators, and steps with their eyesight and access to every possible means. The Buildings Ordinance and the Barrier Free Access Design Menu stipulated in The Disability Discrimination Ordinance mandates the installation of braille maps, audible devices, and tactile guide paths on the pathways and in the internal facilities of a building. Although these accessible facilities are merely "trivial matters" for compliance purposes to the public, they are vital necessities for people with visual impairment. These hard-won accessible measures not only prevent the visually impaired from being excluded but also allow them to keep up with the times and strive for a more inclusive society.
While living is essential for making art, it is crucial to experience accessibility before engaging in tactile art creation. The phase one exhibition "Hanging Around" of the 9th Touch Art Festival was held successfully between June and July 2023. The participating artists and members of the Centre for Community Cultural Development traveled to various art spaces and exhibitions in Hong Kong to gain first-hand experience in accessibility. They also studied overcoming hardware limitations with artistic creations in multiple art experiments and workshops. Their findings and insights will be showcased in the second phase exhibition, "Running Errands," to introduce art practices and interventions to art museums, the urban space, and local communities. We cordially invite you to visit the exhibition to appreciate their artistic outcomes – to touch and feel the various spaces.
Guest Curator Wong Ka Ying
The 9th Touch Art Festival: Wandering into Touch
Phase II Exhibition ''Running Errands''
Date: 15 September –15 October 2023
→ Monday: 2pm – 8pm (except public holidays)
→ Tuesday to Sunday & public holiday: 10 am – 8 pm
Venue: Oi! Glassie (12 Oil Street, North Point, Hong Kong; MTR Fortress Hill Station Exit A)