Just another reason we love Sophie! In a royal first, the Countess of Wessex sat for a live sculpting session for a bronze bust that blind people will be able to touch to get a better idea of what she looks like.
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The Countess of Wessex sat for a sculpture designed for blind and partially sighted people as part of a special event yesterday for @vision_fdn, a charity which Her Royal Highness has been Patron of since 2003. . The Countess joined sculptor Frances Segelman at her London studio for the unique socially distanced sculpting, which was live streamed to a virtual audience of charity supporters and guests. . Sculpture is one of the most accessible forms of art due to its tactile nature. For a visually impaired person, touching a sculpture can bring the piece to life in more ways than an audio description. . Once completed, the finished bust will be cast in bronze and will provide an opportunity for blind and partially sighted people to know The Countess of Wessex’s likeness - part of the Vision Foundation’s effort to help blind and partially sighted people access art in a meaningful way. The bust will be unveiled during the charity’s centenary year in 2021. . During the two-hour sculpting, Vision Foundation advocates for the charity and members of the sight loss community spoke to the virtual audience about the work of the charity, and how blind and partially sighted people have been affected by COVID-19, lockdown and social distancing measures. The Coronavirus pandemic has had a profound impact on the independence of blind and partially sighted people with daily tasks being made more challenging, and employment prospects being worsened. Social distancing without sight is difficult and issues of social exclusion, isolation and anxiety are exacerbated by the COVID-19 crisis. . The Vision Foundation aims to share the experiences of visually impaired people to help increase public understanding and ensure London is accessible for all. . The Countess is passionate about the issue of sight loss and preventing avoidable blindness both in the UK and around the world.
special occasion formed part of an event for the Vision Foundation, a charity
she has been a patron of since 2003.
The wife of Prince Edward sat with renowned royal sculptor Frances Segelman at her London studio for the two-hour session, which was live-streamed to charity supporters and guests.
Sculpture is known for being one of the most accessible forms of art due to its tactile nature and for a visually impaired person, touching a sculpture can often be more meaningful than just hearing about them.
Sophie spoke about how the Covid-19 pandemic has been especially challenging for the visually impaired. “These past months have been especially challenging, however, through the care that the Vision Foundation has extended to those in difficulty, I am hopeful that the people we care for will feel empowered within their communities.”
Once completed, her bust will be cast in bronze and unveiled during the charity’s centenary year in 2021.
Sophie has been active in advocating for the visually impaired and last October teamed up with the queen for a palace reception celebrating the work of the Diamond Jubilee Trust for the cause.
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??The Queen, accompanied by The Countess of Wessex, held a reception at Buckingham Palace celebrating the work of The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust, as the charitable foundation prepares to close in 2020. Commonwealth Heads of Government decided to create a Trust in 2012 to mark and celebrate Her Majesty’s sixty-year contribution to the Commonwealth. The Trust’s work has since focused on helping to prevent avoidable blindness and to empower a new generation of young leaders. Its mission is to leave a lasting legacy owned by the whole Commonwealth, in honour of Her Majesty. The Trust has helped more than 22 million people in Africa and the Pacific receive vital antibiotics to combat trachoma - the world’s leading infectious cause of blindness and provided sight-saving surgery to over 104,000 people suffering with trachoma trichiasis. Each year from 2014 to 2018, 60 exceptional young people were selected to receive a @queensyoungleaders Award and become ‘Queen’s Young Leaders’ – one for every year that The Queen had served as Head of the Commonwealth at the time of her Diamond Jubilee. Progress made in the areas of preventable blindness and youth leadership will ensure that The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust has a lasting legacy. © PA / Royal Family