In The Frame : Descriptive gallery events organised by Artlink:

Artlink works to open up the arts in Edinburgh for people with sight loss, people with hearing loss, people who are Deafblind and sign language users. See below for information on gallery tours - all free.

For more information on Artlink's accessible projects and events across Edinburgh, visit


The Queen's Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse.

National Galleries of Scotland.

National Library of Scotland.

The National Museum of Scotland.

Talbot Rice Gallery.


Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow.

Riverside Museum: Scotland's Museum of Transport and Travel.

The Queen's Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse.

How to find it:

The Gallery is at the foot of the Royal Mile, to the south of the Palace gates and directly facing the Scottish Parliament.
Buses: Numbers 35 and 36, and open-top buses.
Nearest railway station: Edinburgh Waverley.
There is free coach parking beside the Palace, and metered car parking just inside the Queen's Park.

Tickets purchased at the Queen's Gallery can be converted into a One-Year Pass, giving 12 months free admission to the Gallery. To reserve your place for all Queen's Gallery events, please e-mail the Learning Bookings team or call 0131 557 2500.

National Galleries of Scotland.

The National Galleries comprise five galleries: The Royal Scottish Academy (RSA) in the midle of Princes Street; the Scottish National Gallery immediately behind the RSA, with an entrance also from East Princes Street Gardens; the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, on Queen Street; the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in two buildings: Modern One (MOD ONE) on the west side of Belford Road, and facing it on the east side of Belford Road, Modern Two (MOD TWO), the former Dean Gallery.

Tours and Workshops for Visually Impaired People.

The National Galleries offer an extensive programme for visually impaired gallery visitors. The regular programme includes touch tours, verbal description and practical workshops. They have recently started to offer verbal description prior to monthly public drawing classes.

General Information:

Booking Essential. If you are interested in attending any of these events, bookings are taken in person by the staff at the main information desk at the Gardens Entrance of the Scottish National Gallery or by ringing 0131 624 6560. If you prefer to book by email, please contact:
Please let us know in advance if you have any additional support needs so that we can arrange to assist you.
Transport: For participants taking part in sessions at the Gallery of Modern Art, we are pleased to arrange a free taxi leaving from the Scottish National Gallery on the Mound. If you would like to use this service please let us know when you book.

Contact: If you would like more information about the programme please contact Meg Faragher on 0131 624 6403 or email

Tours and Workshops

The following tours and workshops consist of a 90 minute tour in the morning, followed by a lunch break, and a 2 and a 1/2 hour practical workshop in the afternoon. Guides, chairs and refreshments will be provided. Please bring a packed lunch.

2019 Visual Impairment Programme: March - September 2019.

Portrait Gallery Library and Phrenology Collection: Scottish National Portrait Gallery.

Explore the atmospheric Victorian library at the Portrait Gallery through description and object handling. The session will particularly focus on the collection of life and death masks; these were previously used by the Edinburgh Phrenological Society in the 19th century. Phrenology was a pseudo-science that claimed a person’s personality could be read by looking at the bumps on their skull. Welcoming us to the space will be Becky Howell, Librarian & Research Assistant who will speak about her role and discuss the ongoing research project helping us understand the beliefs held by the phrenologists.

Tour: Wednesday 17 April 10.15am-3.30pm
Meet and collect at main entrance.

Special Event - In the Mind's Eye: Faces in the Library: Scottish National Portrait Gallery

Enjoy a free, relaxing descriptive tour of the busts and faces on display in the Portrait Gallery Library, led by Juliana Capes. This informal session will take a mindful, closer look at artworks and will invite visitors to take their time, to contemplate and to notice. As the talk incorporates detailed description, it is suitable for both sighted and visually impaired visitors. No need to book for this session, just turn up, tune in and chill out.
Meet in Portrait Gallery Library, 1st floor

Tour: Tuesday 30 April 2.45-1.15pm.

ARTIST ROOMS Woodman, Arbus and Mapplethorpe: Scottish National Portrait Gallery

Highlighting the richness of the ARTIST ROOMS photography collection, which is jointly owned by National Galleries of Scotland and Tate, ARTIST ROOMS Woodman, Arbus and Mapplethorpe celebrates the work of three of the twentieth century’s most influential photographers. With a particular focus on self-portraiture and representation the show explores the connections and similarities between these three Americans, each of whom produced bodies of work that were revolutionary, ground-breaking and at times controversial.

Tour: Wednesday 15 May 10.15am-3.30pm;
Meet and collect at main entrance.

NOW: Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art One – MODERN ONE

NOW is the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art’s dynamic three-year series of contemporary art exhibitions. The fifth instalment in the series will be centred on a major survey of work by Anya Gallaccio. The Paisley-born artist, who was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2003 and was a prominent figure in the Young British Artists generation, is renowned for her spectacular installations and sculptures. Exploring themes of change, growth and decay, some of the other artists appearing in NOW are Turner Prize nominee Roger Hiorns, the French artist Aurélien Froment and Scottish artist Charles Avery.

Tour: Wednesday 19 June 10.15am-3.30pm;
Meet and collect at MOD ONE main entrance.

Bridget Riley: Morning tour at Scottish National Gallery, afternoon workshop at Scottish National Portrait Gallery

This exhibition is the first major survey of the artist’s work to be held in the UK for 16 years, and the first of its scale to be staged in Scotland. Over the course of a remarkable career, which has spanned seven decades, Bridget Riley has developed a unique visual language, creating compelling abstract paintings which explore the fundamental nature of perception. Explore how her work uses a purely abstract language of simple shapes, forms and colour to create sensations of light, space, volume, rhythm and movement.

Tour: Wednesday 17 July 10.15am-3.30pm;
Meet and collect at Academy back entrance.

Cut and Paste: 400 Years of Collage: Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art Two – MODERN TWO

This exhibition is, remarkably, the first survey exhibition of collage ever to take place anywhere in the world. Spanning a period of more than 400 years a huge range of styles, techniques and approaches is on show, from sixteenth-century anatomical ‘flap prints’, to computer-based images; collages by children to revolutionary cubist masterpieces by Pablo Picasso. Highlights include a major group of Dada and Surrealist collages and major postwar works by Peter Blake, including source material for the cover of the Beatles’ album Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

Tour: Wednesday 18 September 10.15am–3.30pm;
Meet and collect at MODERN TWO back door.

National Galleries of Scotland
Sessions for people who are Visually Impaired.

The Galleries have offered education events for people who are visually impaired, since 2001. They offer descriptive tours conducted in small groups, followed by relevant hands-on workshops. From 2010 the scale of this programme was increased with support of the Miss Agnes H Hunter Trust and the R S Macdonald Charitable Trust.
To read more about this programme Click here,
or for more information on current events contact 0131 624 6428.

To visit the National Galleries web site

Click National Galleries of Scotland

Welcome to the Library: National Library of Scotland.

Drop in for tea, coffee and biscuits and learn more about the Library, our collections, exhibitions and accessible events programme.
11:00 am - 12:00 pm Free, no need to book.

Multimedia Room:
The Issue Hall doors at the top of the main stairs are heavy and have to be kept closed to maintain conditions for the collection material. We can help you with these doors if needed. Please let Information Desk staff know if you would like assistance. We also have a card access wheelchair accessible door, which is available for registered library users. Off the Issue Hall, to the right, is the Multimedia Room. This has: