Making Sense CIC


making sense cic


Experience arts and heritage with all of your senses

 Working in partnership with museums and galleries to make what they offer more accessible to wider audiences through a multi sensory approach.



Making Sense Community Interest Company was set up by Creative Director Ticky Lowe in 2013

Making Sense’s is passionate about providing opportunities for people to experience arts and heritage in a multi sensory way.

This approach is great for people with learning disabilities but it is also great for small children and families and people who don’t like reading and older people with dementia in fact it seems that we can all get something out of experiencing things with our senses.

Ticky works with other creative people to make projects happen – long term collaborators include Ross Dalziel, Ant Dickinson, Naomi Kendrick, Dr Kate Allen and “Sensory Objects” Honor Pedican, John Merrill, Paul McCann and Leila Romaya, Craig Yamey

Creative Partnerships

Times are hard for museums and galleries at the moment – Making Sense CIC is looking to form partnerships with venues and with communities to create temporary exhibitions, interpretation or handling resources in order to reach wider audiences or engage more people through hands on creative experiences.

As a CIC Making Sense can work with you to develop a project, apply for funding and run projects that will engage with wider audiences.


Making Sense CIC can provide tailor made training for staff and volunteers.


Access consultation and way finding reviews are also available through Making Sense working with partners such as Mencap Liverpool.

contact Ticky for more information

Film by Tomos Lowe




Below are some of the projects that Making Sense CIC has initiated or been commissioned to run


Natural Numbers Using the natural environment and resources at The National Wildflower Centre to develop self led learning activities. Including Spiral Lounge a pop up learning zone

and the creation of Bluebell Hunt – a sensory-outdoor-numeracy-learning activity for early years and people with learning disabilities.


Who went to Pentredwr ?

We Rescued and celebrated local Heritage alongside a rural community in North Wales with interactive desks and a pop up Victorian School.


Ticket to Ride A pop up immersive “travel pod” at Museum of Liverpool so that everyone can experience travel from the perspective of someone with a disability.

Time to Remember Three object handling boxes to help care staff and people living with dementia and their families get the most out of a visit to Llandudno Hospital.

Commissioned by Conwy museums and Archive Service and BCUHB ‘Creative Well’ Arts in Health and Wellbeing.


Worked with “History of Place” to bring the story of The Royal School for the Blind to life for its profoundly disabled pupils.


Immersive Spaces

Thanks to funding from ICF we have just completed a very successful pilot project at MOSTYN in Llandudno working with young people and adults with profound disabilities and autism to provide a sensory, stimulating and creative experience. Engaging with arts and culture.

A report s available on request  – if you are interested in being involved in Immersive Spaces in future as a venue, an artist a parent/carer, organisation or as a participant then please contact me by e mail.


Floral Deconstruction

An on going project to create a “handling archive” of wildflower parts for education and exhibition – Floral Deconstruction is an on going project  – new flowers being added annually –  Ernest Cook Trust funded a Creative Laboratory  – residency at Ruthin Craft Centre and World Museum Liverpool in June and July this year – more information on the projects page.

Thank you ECT! 


In the pipeline

Revamping and reinventing reminiscence handling collections for Conwy Museums and Library Service


Social touch:Intimate Data 

A unique opportunity to explore where bio-medical sensing technology meets art and society, this is a collaboration between an interdisciplinary group of artists, makers and technologists from the DoESLiverpool Wearables Maker Community and researchers from Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU)’s School of Natural Sciences & Psychology lead by Francis McGlone, Professor in Neuroscience at LJMU to explore and reflect on this fascinating research area through experimental arts practice.

And into the future

Making Conversation 201718

Working with Manchester Art Gallery and artist and long term collaborator Naomi Kendrick. Naomi set up  Making Conversation 10 years ago  – a monthly workshop session exploring the gallery and creating artwork with a sensory focus. The workshops are for people with visual impairment and anyone who enjoys seeing art from a different perspective – making art work and having interesting creative conversations inspired by the diverse exhibitions on show at Manchester Art Gallery.

In 2017 we plan to begin a project to share the experience and good practice Naomi has built up over 10 years through training and events for learning and education staff and help to set up similar projects in galleries and museums in North Wales and the North of England.

More about Making Sense CIC

Making Sense is a community interest company that works
with museums, galleries and other public spaces to run creative projects that make exhibitions and collections accessible to wider and more diverse audiences.
This can be by providing workshops, co-running events, making new interpretation and resources for outreach, and providing training for staff.
Making Sense CIC has a multi sensory approach to all projects, working to benefit people that may not other wise access museums and galleries and other cultural venues due to disability or social isolation.
Creative Director Ticky Lowe is an artist and creative project manager.
Before setting up Making Sense as a Community Interest Company in 2013 she ran a project called Access to Heritage for Mencap Liverpool where she worked along side a forum of people with learning disabilities and with Liverpool’s heritage venues as access consultants and coordinating the making of multi sensory interpretation that showcased accessible design.
Ticky has researched and developed handling collections as a way for people with profound and multiple learning disabilities to engage, communicate and learn. Making Sense does not work exclusively with people with disabilities but its multi sensory approach means that everyone will be able to engage with and enjoy our work.


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