AN art exhibition exploring the role of art and craft in assisting blind and vision-impaired veterans overcome the barriers and challenges of sight loss will open in Liverpool this month. The exhibition, held at St George’s Hall, will include paintings, wood work and ceramics produced by a number of blind veterans who have been trained in new techniques after visiting the charity’s training and rehabilitation centres. Since the charity’s founding in 1915, Blind Veterans UK has considered the study of art and craft skills to be an important element of rehabilitation for the blind veterans it supports. This exhibition, ‘Art – Life Beyond Sight Loss’ will exploring the impact of arts and crafts on the lives of blind veterans and illustrate how the military charity has enabled many of its beneficiaries to build confidence, self-belief and independence. Many of the items displayed in the exhibition will be up for auction, including a collection of signed portraits of celebrities such as Steven Gerrard, Joanna Lumley, Andy Murray, Lorraine Kelly and many more. Visitors to the exhibition will also be given the opportunity to learn about the origins of the charity, Blind Veterans UK’s connections with Liverpool and how they can get involved. The exhibition will be open to the public from 14 to 29 January – excluding Mondays and Tuesdays – and will be open from 10:00 – 16:00. Admission is priced at £3 per adult, £1.50 per child with reduced rates available for groups and schools.