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Sense & Sensuality at the Bankside Gallery

Stephen Freer

This week is the last opportunity to check out an exhibition at the Bankside Gallery which is confronting art's last taboo.

Sense and Sensuality is an interactive experience which encourages visitors to touch all paintings, sculptures, and installations.

The fresh approach to art has opened up some intriguing possibilities. If you have ever wondered what it would be like to touch Van Gogh's blobby impressionist paintings then you should check out the oil paintings on display at the Bankside Gallery.

"Brighton Beach Ball" by the Craftworkshop is making clever use of the interactive venue. It's an enclosed sculpture which may only be experienced through the hands and produces different sounds depending on the area you touch.

Ironically the two video shorts are among the best works on display and there is no touch involved at all. Sadly, not all of the artists have chosen to take full advantage of the "touch" aspect.

Sense and Sensuality is a welcome break from the norm.

• At the Bankside Gallery until Sunday 8 October

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