Sight loss artist to exhibit in London

A visually impaired artist from Belper will have pieces included at a London based art exhibition next month.

Jenny Oldknow continues to produce work despite being affected by macular disease and will now feature in ‘Peripheral Visions’ which takes place at the Menier Gallery from September 4 – 7.

The exhibition is being held by the Macular Disease Society to mark the charity’s 25th anniversary and celebrate the artistic talent of people affected by sight loss.

Age-related macular degeneration affects the central vision and is the most common cause of sight loss in the UK.

In addition to being included in the exhibition, a picture by Ms Oldknow will feature in a 2013 calendar being produced by the Society.

From Ms Oldknow’s work, “Distortion” was created especially for the exhibition, while “Watchful” will appear on the front cover of the calendar.

Ms Oldknow said: “Distortion reflects how my approach and attitude to my professional practice as an artist has changed since diagnosis. “Watchful’ has proved to be one of my most popular paintings, and is one of my favourites too.”

Helen Jackman, Chief Executive of the Macual Disease society, said: “We are very impressed by Ms Oldknow’s work and I’m delighted to include examples at our 25th anniversary exhibition.

“We hope that Peripheral Visions will help to raise awareness of macular disease and further people’s understanding of the condition, as well as celebrating the considerable talent of artists affected by central vision loss.”