Have you ever considered describing artworks, museum objects or buildings to people who can’t see them?
Choose a work from our collection or one of our buildings and enter the descriptath(l)on, i.e. the marathon (or decathlon) of descriptions that we are launching to enrich our experiences of cultural objects and to support visually impaired audiences. Check out the objects coming up in the next few weeks and give it a go. You can e-mail your description as short text (ideally no longer than 250 words) or in audio format (no longer than 3min recording) to DublinCastleEducation@opw.ie and we’ll do the rest. And remember: short and snappy descriptions can often convey a lot.
Participants have to be between 3 and 103 years of age by April fool’s day. If anyone is outside these age limits, we will not dare to say no. We welcome contributions from all ages, eyes and voices and so do the final recipients of your descriptions. If you have any queries or are looking for tips before you start your experiment, drop us a line.
You can find some examples of audio-descriptions here
But we really want your own voice, your own pen, your own style. It’s an experiment, it’s an adventure.
We are kicking off with this Nevan Lahart piece, that we have been very fond of since we first saw it at the AWATST – Interesting and Weird at the Same Time exhibition, when it came to Dublin Castle back in 2016. So say what you see. It’s like life or still life drawing in words. The more you look… the more you see.
Nevan Lahart 2001 , BIG BANG, funny joke. Oil and wire, fimo plastic and glue on mdf, 34x37cm.
From the state art collection