Overcoming challenges to sculpt what the mind can see
Art is a universal medium of expression that can unite individuals despite their differences. This notion is reflected at the UOB Please Touch workshops conducted by UOB (Thai) employees and representatives from social enterprise Klongdinsor Company to help people with visual impairments appreciate, experience and create art.
Now in its fifth year, the UOB Please Touch programme embraces a multi-sensory approach to help people with visual impairments that are aged between10 and 70 appreciate and create art. During the last workshop which focused on sculpting techniques, art professors and UOB (Thai) volunteers helped participants to apply modelling and carving techniques to make pottery and soap sculptures out of natural ingredients such as coffee powder, charcoal, turmeric, black sesame seeds, safflower and aroma oil.
Sanchai Apisaksirikul, Managing Director and Country Head of Finance and Corporate Services at UOB (Thai), said, “The UOB Please Touch programme enables people with visual impairments to tear down a wall of darkness and to overcome the boundaries set by their physical challenges. During the workshops, we saw the happiness they experienced from their cheerful expressions and creative energy. Not only does the art of sculpture bring joy but also helps build a positive attitude towards living life.”
“UOB (Thai) believes that art plays a vital role in society and should be accessible to all. The UOB Please Touch programme is one of the ways in which we demonstrate our support for the community, helping to open minds and hearts through art, children and education.”