Emeritus Professor Ron McCallum will help launch the Walsh Bay Sculpture Walk audio tour app on November 27. Blind almost since birth, Professor McCallum is one of Australia's most respected legal scholars and an activist on behalf of disabled people around the globe. Professor McCallum is a technology enthusiast and even uses an app for sorting his washing into "coloureds" and "whites"!
The Walsh Bay Sculpture Walk audio tour app is designed to enable people who are blind or vision impaired to appreciate the artwork fully. The app also includes transcripts of the audio, allowing people who are deaf or hard- of- hearing access to the rich content. In fact, all visitors to Walsh Bay can benefit from the app as it includes audio-description of artworks and interviews with artists, adding to the public art experience.
Voiced by actor Kate Mulvaney, the app was made possible with generous support from the Transfield Foundation, which is greatly appreciated by Accessible Arts CEO Sancha Donald. "It has been a pleasure working with Transfield Foundation to develop the Walsh Bay Sculpture Walk audio tour app as a model of best practice for access and public artworks. Moreover, while the app provides access to the striking sculptures in the precinct for people with sensory disability, it will also serve as useful enhancement for all art lovers who visit the area," she said.