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Last Seen Exhibition

Over 450,000 Australians are blind or have low vision. Like many things in life that are just expected, eyesight is one of those things we take for granted.

Can you imagine how much you would value the last thing you saw if you started to lose your sight?

A collaboration between the Queensland Eye Institute Foundation (QEIF) and Publicis Worldwide, the Last Seen Exhibition to Save Sight paired nine Australians who had been affected by blindness or vision impairment with nine influential artists to paint a dearly held visual memory from before their sight began to deteriorate.

The Exhibition was launched at the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) with a Preview Lunch, followed by a Cocktail Party & Auction, where each artwork was sold to raise valuable funds for QEIF’s sight saving research.

After the GOMA launch, the artworks were displayed at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) to give the general public a chance to experience the Last Seen Exhibition, free of charge.

Last Seen earned recognition from a variety of prestigious publications, including Mumbrella, AdNews, Campaign Brief and B&T Magazine.

A voice skill was created by Southern Cross Austereo, Publicis Worldwide and Alkira to enhance the sensory experience of Last Seen. The voice skill housed unique soundscapes that accompanied select paintings in the Exhibition. Those soundscapes re-created this poignant memory, bringing the paintings to life in sound. Additionally, attendees were able to hear all about the stories behind the artworks and listen to more information on the artists and QEIF though the voice skill.

We are proud to announce that the Last Seen voice skill won in the ‘Apps, Mobile and Voice – Education and Reference’ category of the Webby Awards! The Webby Awards, hailed as the ‘Internet’s greatest honour’ by the New York Times, are presented annually by The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, a judging body composed of over two thousand industry experts and technology innovators.

While the Exhibition has completed, the skill is still live. To hear the skill in action, just say: “Ok Google, talk to Last Seen Exhibition” on any Google Assistant enabled device.

Please visit the Last Seen website to read more about the Exhibition and those involved.

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