CVI Art - Project Leader & Academic John Ravenscroft

John Ravenscroft is Professor of Childhood Visual Impairment and has many senior roles promoting education, inclusion and support for visually impaired children, with a special interest in cerebral visual impairment (CVI).

John Ravenscroft is the project leader for CVI Art, it was his idea.

Introducing the CVI Art Exhibition, John reflects on a radio programme about space travel, explaining how the song A Space Odyssey by David Bowie transformed public opinion... one song changed the way the world perceived space travel including the risks and fears.

John is a CVI expert and knows the condition is incorrectly or not well understood by many, and this can lead to support for the child being affected.

John wanted to use art to create a "fundamental shift in public understanding" of CVI, in the same way A Space Odyssey achieved for space travel.

And so, this wonderful project, a world first including the premier of many commissioned pieces, was born.

In this short video John also considers the difficult question 'What is CVI?' and the unique opportunities art can bring to understanding the ways the world is experienced, to help improve understanding and therefore support for children and adults with CVI.

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This CVIArts project was facilitated by Professor John Ravenscroft, Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Fellow (2021-22) University of Edinburgh.


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