Life Drawing Class

ANU Medical School Research Project

by | 8 Jan 2021 | Blog post

CAW Members are invited to participate in an ANU Research Project

Do you enjoy art and have mild to moderate vision loss?

Many people enjoy seeing art. For people living with mild to moderate vision loss, the ability to see art can be reduced. Researchers at the Australian National University (ANU) want to better understand the experiences of visual art for people living with mild to moderate vision loss, and how impaired vision impacts their interactions with art and quality of life.

What does participation involve?

We are looking for people who enjoy visual art and have difficulties seeing visual art due to mild to moderate vision loss (visual acuity for both eyes between 6/9 and 6/60). You will be asked to come to the ANU in Canberra (transportation can be provided) and at a second session complete a telephone interview (so you will need to be able to hear well over the telephone). Once you have provided consent, participants will be asked to:

  • Look at images of art on a computer screen and describe what you can see.
  • Talk about how your impaired art perception impacts your interactions with art and quality of life in an interview (your description and interview will be audio-recorded and transcribed).
  • Complete an eye examination by a qualified orthoptist.
  • Complete questionnaires about your background, everyday visual functioning, wellbeing and quality of life.

To find out more please contact:

Meredith Cheng (Medical student at the College of Health and Medicine) at: or 6125 1059

This study has been approved by the ANU Human Research Ethics Committee (Protocol number 2020/653).