Touching Sound Walk + Workshop

Held in Guelph, Ontario, Touching Sound is a sensory-led nature walk and workshop that was available for individuals with sight loss, and was in collaboration with the Canadian National Institute for the Blind and social practice artist, Dawn Matheson. The workshop involved the creation of sound-activated mixed media sculptures based on recordings and sensory activities within the natural environment of the Guelph Arboretum. Artworks created from the workshop were also temporarily exhibited at the Guelph Civic Museum from July-August 2023.



A second workshop was held in Waterloo, Ontario on Saturday, May 25th, 2024 at the Walter Bean Grand River Trail and Waterloo Public Library Eastside Branch. Due to rain, participants stayed indoors and were given materials from nature to touch, smell, hear, and recall memories these senses have triggered. Abstract mobile sculptures were created in response to these feelings. An exhibition to showcase these creations and recordings will be held at Button Factory Arts from June 19th to mid-July 2024.



This program has been generously funded by the Ontario Arts Council.