While studying at the University of Brighton in 2004, sales Wendy wrote her dissertation on ‘The Value of Touch – Blind Alphabet C and Museum Approaches to the Visually Impaired Visitor’. After completing her degree, Wendy returned to Rochester, volunteering for the Kent Association for the Blind (KAB) and set up the KAB Medway Art Group in 2006 for blind and partially sighted adults, the KAB Gravesend Art Group has been established this year 2015
“Rochester Cathedral houses a unique piece of twenty-first century art – Sergei Fyodorov’s Baptismal Fresco, the first fresco to be painted in an English church in eight hundred years. To make this artistic gem accessible to all, the Cathedral commissioned Wendy Daws and the Kent Association for the Blind Medway Art Group to explore the artwork and produce a tactile representation. After a series of creative workshops with adults and children from the Kent Association for the Blind, Wendy set to work carving the clay master, a task which took over 1000 hours! The resulting bronze plate, “The Value of Touch”, is an extraordinary piece of collaborative work which enables all visitors to appreciate the detail of our fresco, as well as being an incredible piece of art work in its own right. The story behind the development of the bronze plaque is as important as the finished product. The Cathedral is proud and privileged to have been involved in the creation of such a stunning piece of artwork.”
Revd Dr Philip Hesketh, Acting Dean of Rochester Cathedral
The project was kindly funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and The National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts Societies.