UK communications giant BT is updating the Tate’s award winning arts resource for visually impaired people, i-Map.
The i-Map service is aimed at blind and partially sighted people with a general interest in art as well as art teachers and their visually impaired pupils. The site has been updated to provide visitors with audio and new interactive content and has been extended to include an additional section exploring the works of six twentieth century artists.
Commenting on the initiative, Caro Howell, former Curator for Special Projects at Tate Modern, said, i-Map aims to provide a tailor made resource for visually impaired people to engage with the ideas and debates of modern art. Approximately two million people in the UK have difficulty seeing and Tate believes that this should not prevent them from enjoying art.’
Tate Online is said to attract 800,000 visitors a month with figures continuing to grow.