From 2015 visual artist Sam Winston started using a blacked-out studio to make art in. Winston lived and drew without sight, creating images that were informed by sound, touch and the written word.

Over five years he commissioned other creatives to explore this world of sensory reduction. Ranging from a few hours to overnight, each artist performed a darkness residency.

A Delicate Sight website features a new film by Anna Price and an accompanying guide to the dark. Later this year a book and exhibition will be launched.


Raymond Antrobus is a British poet with Jamaican heritage and is the author of The Perseverance. In 2019 he was a recipient of the Ted Hughes Award and won the Sunday Times/University of Warwick Young Writer of the Year Award. He was also the first poet to be awarded the Rathbone Folio Prize.

Bernardine Evaristo is a novelist and Professor of Creative Writing at Brunel University London. She won the Booker Prize 2019 with her eighth book, Girl, Woman, Other (Penguin). Her writing explores the African diaspora and ranges from The Emperor’s Babe (2001), a verse novel set in Roman London to Mr Loverman (2013) a novel about a gay septuagenarian Caribbean London man. Her writing spans all genres and she has received many honours including an MBE in 2009.

Don Paterson was born in Dundee in 1963. He is the author of Nil Nil (1993), winner of the Forward Prize for Best First Collection; God's Gift to Women (1997) - winner of both the T. S. Eliot Prize and the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize; and Landing Light (2003), which won both the T. S. Eliot Prize and the Whitbread Prize for Poetry. Rain, his most recent collection, won the Forward Prize for Best Collection in 2009, the same year that he was awarded the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry.

Max Porter’s first novel, Grief Is the Thing with Feathers won the Sunday Times/Peter, Fraser + Dunlop Young Writer of the Year, the International Dylan Thomas Prize, the Europese Literatuurprijs and the BAMB Readers’ Award and was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and the Goldsmiths Prize. Complicité and Wayward’s production of Grief Is the Thing with Feathers directed by Enda Walsh and starring Cillian Murphy opened in Dublin in March 2018. Max lives in Bath with his family.


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Max Porter and Sam Winston in conversation as part of the National Centre for Writing’s City of Literature programme.

Currently in discussion about rescheduling the exhibition. More information shortly.

Some of the UK’s most acclaimed authors [...] have been searching for the light of inspiration in an unusual way: shutting themselves away for hours in complete darkness.

Can we Escape from infomation overload ? We live in an age of infinite scrolling and endless interruptions. So what happens when you switch off the lights?

Project Partners

Headway East London is a charity supporting people affected by brain injury. Their creative project, Submit to Love Studios, is home to a collective of self-taught artists - all of whom have survived brain injuries and are working with A Delicate Sight on new art (coming soon).

A Delicate Sight was made possible with support from Arts Council England.

Design Team

Book Design: A Practice for Everyday Life
Website Design and Development: Kieran Startup