Seeing Things is an informative, interactive exhibition of artwork inspired by and aiming to raise awareness of Charles Bonnet (pronounced ‘Bonnay’) Syndrome.
Commissioned by the Norfolk and Norwich Association for the Blind with support from the Big Lottery Fund and charitable partners in 2017. The initial exhibition attracted over nine thousand visitors during a two week period in The Forum Gallery in May 2018.
What is Charles Bonnet Syndrome (CBS)? Put very simply, a form of visual hallucination brought on following sight loss – a syndrome experienced by many visually impaired people.
The Norfolk & Norwich Association for the Blind (NNAB) have collaborated with Charles Bonnet ‘sufferers’ and visual artists from the region to interpret and explore what happens when someone experiences CBS. From beautiful patterns and geometry to incongruous shapes, bizarre forms and frightening apparitions, CBS hallucinations take any visual form the brain can imagine.
CBS is relatively common amongst the sight-loss community, however many sufferers experience it in isolation – often through fear of being judged. The exhibition aims to raise awareness, educate and create discussion through the artists’ interpretations of genuine hallucinations, highlighting CBS sufferers’ stories whilst also providing practical information and support for those who may wish to talk about CBS further.