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    Painting a picture of brain-related vision problems

    British artist helps raise awareness of cerebral visual impairment



    The public will have the opportunity to explore Mr Jerram’s work in the form of ten exhibits that he will create in collaboration with Bristol’s Botanical Garden, which will be known as the ‘Impossible Garden’. Employing different optical illusions, many of these will fit into a garden theme.

    When the exhibition opens to the public, BVI will be able to use the exhibits to illustrate different aspects of vision and provide brief accompanying leaflets to explain what the illusions in the garden can tell them about how our brains create what we see (or don’t see!)

    Children, parents, teachers and health professionals have also been invited to workshops in the garden, where they can discuss how the illusions relate to CVI and therefore how best to help or make allowances for these.

    “Over the years, many of my artworks have explored vision and how the mind interprets the things we’re looking at,” said Mr Jerram, who is based in Bristol but has worked with academic and scientific institutions across the world for 20 years.

    He added: “As an artist I’m keen to communicate how I see the world, but also, through my artwork, allow the public to be given the opportunity to see the world from a different perspective.”

    “A large amount of art uses optical illusion of one sort or another, whether it’s through the use of trompe l'oeil in a painting or, more recently, with moving image (film). I find visual illusions fascinating as they demonstrate the processes and limitations of vision. What we see also shows us how the brain works.”

    For more information on Luke Jerram and his project at the Bristol Vision Institute, visit www.lukejerram.com and www.bristol.ac.uk/vision-institute



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