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A multi-sensory and accessible exhibition in VAE’s Main Gallery
May 6-26, 2016

five senes squareFor the month of May VAE will exhibit 22 pieces of work that can be experienced with more than just sight alone. These multi-sensory pieces were created by 17 artists from 7 states across the US. This exhibition invites visitors to go beyond looking at artwork and encourages them to use their senses of touch, smell, hearing, and even taste to experience each piece.

While this exhibition will, of course, give existing art patrons a new way to enjoy and appreciate art, one of the main goals of TACTILE is to further VAE’s focus on including people with disabilities in the arts community. VAE is providing large-format print materials, Braille transcribed materials, Audio Described and ASL interpreted tours, field trip opportunities for school-age kids, and additional staff assistance for visitors during the exhibit. Contact Brandon (919.828.7824 ext 6) if you would like to request any specific accommodations.

11am – Open Exhibition Tour
1pm – Audio Described Tour
3pm – ASL Interpreted Tour

RSVP for a tour: email or call 919.828.7834 est 6

Can’t make those time? Still want to experience a tour of the exhibit?? That’s AWESOME! Want to request an accommodation for that tour? We are happy to accommodate! Contact Brandon: or 919.828.7834 ext  6 to start a conversation!

In addition VAE is hosting two workshops in conjunction with TACTILE:
Double Duty – a creative writing workshop utilizing all of your senses!
CREATING SPACE – a workshop around accessible and multi-sensory exhibitions!

The Artists
Phil Ashe, Sequential Destination
Phil Ashe, Fuzzy Logic
Peg Bachenheimer, Washing Ashore
Whitney Bandel, In Your Hands
Jeannette Brossart, Undulating
Renee Cloud, Artifacts
Pamela Crockett, Memory Melt
Kate Dameron, Breathe, 2..3..4
Kate Dameron, Germinate
Susan Finer, Roundabout
Em Jensen, Three Hours (Third Hour)
Larry Lean, Wolf Trap
Larry Lean, In Advance of a Bald Headed Tire
Eddie Lohmeyer, Joust Assemblage #612 (In Black)
Carey Netherton, Manganese Violet
Jenna Richards, Large Openwork
Daphne Rodgers, Disintegration II
Kelly Sheppard Murray, Mile After Mile
Devyn Vasquez, Let’s just be honest
Devyn Vasquez, Acrylic Meditations
Kathrine Worel, In It That Is More Than Itself (objet petit “ah”)
Kathrine Worel, This Much

View all of the work exhibited in TACTILE!

The Juror
toms faceTom Pursey, Co-founder of Flying Objects, a London-based creative agency that won an IK Prize in 2015 for their multi-sensory exhibition Tate Sensorium at Tate Britain.

about Tate Sensorium
Can taste, touch, smell and sound change the way we ‘see’ art?

Tate Sensorium is an immersive display featuring paintings from the Tate collection. You can experience sounds, smells, tastes and physical forms inspired by the artworks, and record and review your physiological responses through sophisticated measurement devices.

The experience encourages a new approach to interpreting artworks, using technology to stimulate the senses, triggering both memory and imagination. On leaving, you will be invited to explore the rest of the gallery using the theme of the senses as a guide.

Tate Sensorium is the winning project of IK Prize 2015, awarded annually for an idea that uses innovative technology to enable the public to discover, explore and enjoy British art from the Tate collection in new ways.

The Guardian’s writer Nicola Davis was highly impressed!

about Tom
Prior to founding Flying Objects, Tom worked for Google in Europe, and lead Chrome and Brand marketing for Google in Asia. He holds a degree in English Literature from the University of Oxford. He’s interested in interactive projects, the role of digital in the arts, and what happens when things come together in unlikely ways.

Delivery of Accepted Work………..…Fri, April 29, 11am – 6pm & Sat, April 30, 11am-4pm
Exhibition Run………………….….…..May 6-26, 2016
Opening Reception…………..…….….May 6, 6-10pm
Pick-Up of Unsold Work………………Fri, May 27, 11am-6pm & Sat, May 28, 11am-4pm


TACTILE is open to any living artist. A maximum of 2 works of any medium, per artist may be submitted. Two and three dimensional entries will be accepted. Work must be original and completed in the last 2 years. No copies, mechanical reproductions, molds or kit work will be accepted. Visual Art Exchange reserves the right to exclude work due to size or special requirements. Entries must be hand delivered to the gallery or mailed in a returnable container. Artwork submitted on behalf of an artist requires written and signed authorization from the artist. Click here to view VAE’s exhibition policies.

While VAE’s gallery space is fully accessible and we strive to make the exhibition submission process accessible to artists as well. We encourage anyone to enter our open call exhibitions. If you need any additional information or accommodations in order to enter a call-for-art please email or call (919.828.7834 ext 6) Brandon for assistance.

Visual Art Exchange strives to be accessible to all visitors! If you have an accommodation you would like to request for an upcoming program or exhibition, have a suggestion about our accessibility, or if you have an accessibility question please contact us at (919) 828-7834 ext 6 or by emailing Brandon.

  • VAE is a single story facility and all galleries and facilities are accessible.
  • All printed documents can be made available in Braille or large print.
  • We are happy to provide audio tours and/or ASL interpretation for our exhibition and/or special events. A two-week advance request is requested, if possible.

VAE would like to invite members of the disability community to work with our staff and board to increase our accessibility and inclusion of artists and patrons with disabilities. If you have suggestions, criticisms or would like to be involved in increasing VAE’s accessibility email Brandon or call (919) 828-7834 ext 6.

If you would like to become a member of VAE but the membership fee is a financial barrier please contact Brandon (919.828.7834 ext 6) today to start a conversation!

VAE is part of a Learning Community of eleven arts organizations that collaborate to advocate for and improve access to the arts for people with disabilities. This collective is funded in part by the City of Raleigh Arts Commission and the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County.

Shipping Artwork
Ship artwork using a sturdy, reusable packing materials clearly labeled with your name and telephone number. Do not include return postage in case the artwork sells during the run of the exhibition. Following the exhibition each artist who shipped their work should generate a FedEx label and email it to our Exhibitions Manager so the piece may be returned. Do not use styrofoam packing peanuts. Shipments of artwork will be accepted April 25-30, 2016.

Ship To:
Visual Art Exchange
c/o Brandon Cordrey
309 W Martin Street
Raleigh, NC 27601

Visual Art Exchange will retain a commission of 30% for VAE members, 50% for non-members on all work sold during the exhibit. If a work is not for sale please indicate with NFS value in appropriate space during registration or on the consignment sheet. Click here to join VAE!

All entries will be handled with the utmost care and respect. Gallery visitors will be supervised at all times while in the gallery and guided through how to touch the artwork! VAE is not liable for artwork during transportation to or from the gallery but does carry a blanket inland marine policy that covers most fine art works and craft items up to $5,000. VAE reserves the right to refuse coverage to artwork with inherent vices, high values or that is deemed unstable, but will engage artists in open conversations/negotiations as needed. By entering into this show, the artist agrees to abide by all rules and regulations as set by exhibition guidelines.

Questions? Email Brandon!

Main Gallery

Important Dates


Past Shows:

MAIN GALLERY: Contemporary South 2016

To: From: Annual Holiday Show + Deck the Gallery

November 6 - December 21, 2015

Contemporary South

January 3-30, 2014

24th Annual N.E.W. Show

september 6-26, 2013


october 4-24, 2013