Deafblind artists give unique vision of the world


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The Independent Culture

An insight into the unique perspective on life of people with neither sight nor hearing is being provided by an exhibition of artwork by two deafblind artists.

Lloyd McCullough and Ian Treherne, both of whom have Usher Syndrome, a genetic disorder which is the leading cause of deafblindness, will exhibit their paintings and photographs at the Reading Room Gallery in London from next Monday.

McCullough’s paintings bring onlookers into a fantastical world of galloping white horses, evil spirits and mystical creatures. He was born profoundly deaf but began drawing as soon as he was old enough to hold a pencil.

Treherne, who was born partially deaf and has limited vision, discovered in his late teens that his eyesight would gradually deteriorate. His response was to pick up a camera and to use it to document everyday spaces. His photographs are compelling sepia glimpses of urban wastelands, cityscapes and nature.

Sufferers of Usher Syndrome are usually born with some vision, which deteriorates over time until tunnel vision develops. The charity Sense, which supports and campaigns for children and adults with deafblindness, has been involved in organising the art exhibition as part of a programme to celebrate the remarkable achievements of deafblind individuals.

‘Secret Window’ is at the Reading Room Gallery, Soho from 12 December 2011 to 20 January 2012