Inspirational artist becomes RP Fighting Blindness Ambassador
Posted on: Thursday 9 August 2018
Victoria Claire, a professional artist in contemporary sculpture for more than 25 years, will be working with the charity to show that it is possible to lead a limitless life despite a diagnosis of inherited sight loss.
Victoria Claire is the third Ambassador to join RP Fighting Blindness and will be bringing her inspirational approach to sight loss to the role. Having been diagnosed with the inherited sight loss condition retinitis pigmentosa at the age of 19, and registered blind at the age of 29, Victoria has not let her visual impairment hold her back.
A professional sculptor who has exhibited throughout the UK, as well as a keen surfer, skateboarder and musician, Victoria has made it her mission to share her story with others living with similar conditions. She was honoured to be offered the Ambassador role with the charity: “I first came into contact with RP Fighting Blindness many years ago, when my parents encouraged me to seek out more information about my condition. Now that the charity is poised to increase the level of support it provides to people throughout the UK, it seems the perfect time for me to come on board and share my experiences.”
Victoria recently spoke at the charity’s annual conference, encouraging those present to take advantage of all the support, mobility aids and technology that has been developed to allow people living with sight loss to maximise their potential. She also exhibited her ‘FLY Freedom In Acceptance’ collection of sculptures for the assembled delegates. Tina Houlihan, Chief Executive of RP Fighting Blindness, is delighted to welcome Victoria to the charity: “Victoria shows us that there are so many ways to adapt to life with a visual impairment. We are so pleased that she has taken up the role of Ambassador to help us raise awareness of inherited sight loss conditions and the difference our charity makes. We are very excited to work with her.”
You can listen to Victoria’s annual conference presentation on our Recordings page here.
Visit Victoria’s website for more information about her work and her amazing Blind A Sixth Sense exhibition: