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Teen who is deafblind creates sensory art exhibit in Cambridge

Queens Square Gallery in Cambridge is encouraging visitors to touch and listen to their latest exhibition, a seven-room sensory experience designed to show what it’s like to lose vision and hearing.

Immersive art show offers soundscapes, encourages visitors to touch exhibit

15-year-old Cerenna-Tee Racey sits in one of Transformed Through Touch's installations at the Queens Square Gallery in Cambridge. (Jackie Sharkey/CBC)

Queens Square Gallery in Cambridge is encouraging visitors to touch and listen to their latest exhibition, a seven-room sensory experience designed to show what it's like to lose vision and hearing.

Transformed Through Touch is a collaborative art project produced by 15-year-old Cerenna-Tee Racey. Racey has a genetic condition that has left her with less than 10 per cent of her vision and hearing.

She collaborated with artists Gareth Lichty, Gary Kirkham and Meghan Sims to help create an art installation about how losing her sight and vision felt.

The result is a multi-room immersive experience, with sounds and surfaces specific to Racey's experiences.

Her class at the W. Ross Macdonald School for the Blind in Brantford all helped contribute.

The exhibit ends April 8.

Listen to CBC's Jackie Sharkey recent tour of the show, with Racey, Kirkham and teaching assistant Michelle McClure:

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