Local Senses, a collective of 10 individuals with varying levels of sight, was formed in 2017 from a series of self-initiated creative workshops. Over the last four years the group has acquired new members, meeting regularly to foster a sense of community through peer-learning, shared experience and collective discovery.
In 2019, we were awarded a Mayor of London’s Culture Seeds Grant, and began collaboratively developing strategies for exploring and navigating outdoor space around the Royal National Institute of Blind People in Camden. In the process, we reflected on the local environment, and how our sense of presence within that environment changed over time.
In 2021 we are excited to have been awarded a Liberty Festival Reseach and Development Grant, to be part of Lewisham Borough of Culture 2022. The opportunity to develop our work in Lewisham will require us to strike out into new and familiar territory. Utilising the techniques and approaches that have brought us together, we will journey through the borough, walking towards the construction of shared space and local haunts.
Local Senses Collective: Benjamin Jenner, Colin Palgrave, Geoff Clark, Leonie Abrahamson, Lesley Palgrave, Lizzie Nichols, Nathan Bather, Natanya Mark, Richard Simpson, Rikki Jodelko
Founder: Natanya Mark
Local Senses: Mapping in Lewisham
In our current project, a Research and Development Grant for Liberty Festival, part of Lewisham Borough of Culture 2022, we will explore how Lewisham asks to be navigated - using alternative sensory modes. Through this process, we will reflect on the ways in which space becomes place, the unknown becomes a route, and a sense of belonging is established.
Our journey will start in Deptford …
Local Senses: Mapping in Bloomsbury (2019 - 20)
Local Senses: Mapping in Bloomsbury was a year-long exploration, in which we conducted a series of walks and workshops in and around the Royal National Institute of Blind People, to develop strategies for exploring and navigating outdoor space. In the process, we reflected on our local environment, and our sense of presence within it over time, through multi-sensory responses.
During the pandemic we adapted to continue our work remotely. We have since produced a documentation film: local Senses , and poetry and prose publication entitled Local Senses: Mapping in Bloomsbury.
Local Senses: Mapping in Bloomsbury was supported by the Mayor of London's Culture Seeds fund.
- You can watch the documentation of the Local Senses: Mapping in Bloomsbury workshops in our Local Senses film.
- You are invited on a guided walk, accompanied by our ‘Local Senses, Bloomsbury walking route audio guide’. You can also download our walking route map.
- Our publication Local Senses: Mapping in Bloomsbury will be published along with an audiobook version very soon! You can download a sample on this page.
This audio recording accompanies the map of a walk around Bloomsbury undertaken by the Local Senses group between 2019 - 2020.
As a listener, you are invited to walk the route while accompanied by this audio guide, stopping at the different points to reflect, as indicated in the audio. The walk begins outside the Royal National Institute of Blind People, on Judd Street in Kings Cross, London and lasts about an hour.
If you are listening to the audio whilst walking or resting in a space physically distant to Bloomsbury, allow it to transport your mind on a journey around the streets of central London
Our publication, Local Senses, Mapping in Bloomsbury, is in the process of being printed. Check back here for more details soon! A free audiobook accompaniment produced by the RNIB will also be available.
Graphic Designer, Oscar Warr To request a copy, email: email@example.com
In the meantime, you can download a PDF sample here. Enjoy!