The Touch Art Fair 2013: Preview

Image of the outline of hands tracing the tactile image of Mona Lisa
Image of the outline of hands tracing the tactile image of Mona Lisa

Art is one of the most prominent aspects of culture, it enriches the lives of many, has given writers, musicians, painters and filmmakers alike inspiration for many years. But, one thing that it has always been perceived as a visual entity that only those with vision can enjoy.

However, the work of charities and organisations such as Living Paintings, The Tate Modern and revolutionary artists begun to break these ‘mind forged manacles’ (from London, William Blake.)

Now, in the year 2013 it gives me immeasurable joy and delight to announce that finally visually impaired people will have their own equivalent of renowned art show Frieze

The Touch Art Fair is a revolutionary new event that is due to pen its doors to London from Thursday 17th of October to Sunday 20th October. The event will be where artists come together to exhibit their artwork and where the public can come and enjoy it. But, with a major difference, this art fair will juxtapose the mantra supported my many conservative  art shows which is of course “PLEASE DO NOT TOUCH!’

Instead, the art fair will be a completely tactile art show, full of artwork that will have both a visual and a tactile aspect to it. Making the event pleasing to both the senses of touch and the eye.

Artist exhibiting at this event will include Jake and Dinos Chapman, Abigail Burt, Nendie Pinto-Duschinsky and many others. Artworks will include a tactile image of the world famous Mona Lisa and a tactile portrait of myself and guide dog Unity painted by the wonderful Nendie Pinto-Duschinsky.

For full details on the exhibition click here.




i myself and honoured to not only be attending the private showing of this event, but also to be a part of the first ever exhibition. The event promises to be one of the highlights of the VI Culture year and I cannot wait to get through those doors and get blogging!

Get Involved

Why not get involved in the event yourself? Find out how you can help by contacting

Are You an Artist?

Why not submit for next years art fair by contacting

Event Details

Dates and Time: 

Private Showing

Wednesday: 16 October  6-9pm

Public Open Days 

Thursday 17 October: 12-7pm

Friday 18 October: 12-7pm

Saturday 19 October: 12-7pm

Sunday 20 October: 12-6pm


Marylebone Gardens, 35 Marylebone High Street, London, W1U 4QA

 How to Get There 

Nearest Tube

Baker Street Tube Station / Regent’s Park Tube Station


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Further information:

 Social Links  

E mail:

Website: Click here 

Facebook: Click here

Twitter: @TouchArt Fair

Pinterest: Click here

Ticket Information

Private showing time available for press, bloggers and other such PR and engagement related people. Please contact by no later than tomorrow evening to reserve a place for the event.

Tickets are FREE and available to order by clicking here.

Tune into Insight Radio at 2.15 pm this Friday to hear my talking on the Daley Lunch about my experience of the event.



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Emily is a Masters Degree Student, Writer, Journalist, YouTuber and blogger who runs the blog and YouTube channel

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