AUDIO DESCRIPTION IN SCOTLAND
All cinemas, theatres and galleries are temporarily closed under the current lockdown. Events scheduled for April to July 2020 are therefore withdrawn from this site. Note however the special series of podcasts set up by National Galleries of Scotland.
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 www.investigatecreate.co.uk
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 email@example.com or call 0131 557 2500.
Greetings from the National Galleries of Scotland! With our in-gallery programme of regular tours and workshops for visually impaired visitors currently on pause, we wanted to take this time to highlight some audio for art lovers that we hope you will enjoy from the comfort of home.
The first two items in the menu below - audio tours of key portraits at the Portrait Gallery and of the Sculpture park at the Gallery of Modern Art, were created specifically for audiences with sight loss. The other programmes featured were not created specifically for this audience, nevertheless, we hope that the content selected will still be accessible and enjoyable.
1. Sculpture Tour at Modern One
For those missing the dulcet tones of Juliana Capes, lead artist on the Galleries Visually Impaired Programme, we hope you enjoy this descriptive audio tour of the sculpture park at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. Listen as some of our most famous artworks are described through touch and sound, telling us more about the ideas, process and materials behind these inspiring sculptures.
2. Portrait Gallery Audio Tour
Enjoy a descriptive audio tour of a selection of iconic portraits at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. The tour, which has been developed specifically for people with sight loss, features detailed and evocative descriptions of artworks, including information about the context in which works were created and on artistic techniques.
3. Fresh Produce: A tour of the garden at Modern One
On a sunny evening in May we spoke to our gardener Wendy Mount who has worked at Modern One since 2005; tending to the flowerbeds, and planning and plotting our popular kitchen gardens and orchard. Listen as Wendy describes her time in this special place.
4. Podcast Series - Reflections: Art, Life and Love
Narrated by actor Ewen Bremner, Reflections: Art, Life and Love is a podcast series that explores the human experience through great artworks in the Scottish Collection at the National Galleries of Scotland. The six themes explored are Identity; Depicting Scotland; Representing Women; The Artist and Travel and The Mind. Each theme also has a shorter bonus episode.
5. Podcast Series - The Making of a Portrait
The Making of a Portrait is a podcast series that explores an extraordinary creative exchange between artists Audrey Grant and Norman McBeath. Presented by Deputy Director and Chief Curator of Portraiture at the Galleries Imogen Gibbon, the series was produced to coincide with The Long Look, an exhibition at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in 2019 which explored the collaboration between Audrey and Norman, and the writer Val McDermid.
6. Podcast Series - The Work of Art
The Work of Art is a podcast series that looks at the issues faced by artists working in Scotland today. From running their own spaces, to funding their own work, and what happens when public opinion is divided? The series was originally produced to coincide with an exhibition at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art called A New Era: Scottish Modern Art 1900-1950.
7. Get in touch
If you would like to get in touch, please contact Meg Faragher on firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note I am working part time from home.
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.
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.
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: email@example.com
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.
If you would like more information about the programme please contact Meg Faragher on 0131 624 6403 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
This exhibition is an ambitious retrospective of the Portuguese artist’s work that brings politics to the fore. Spanning Rego’s career from the 1950s through to 2012, the works in this exhibition address António de Oliveira Salazar’s fascist regime, the 1997 referendum on legalising abortion in Portugal, the invasion of Iraq in 2003 by the United States and its allies and, from 2009, female genital mutilation – all of which resonate strongly with contemporary feminist and political issues.
Tour: Wednesday 18 March 10.15am–3.30pm;
Meet and collect at MOD TWO back door (accessible entrance).
Beyond Realism brings together some of the finest examples of Dada and Surrealist art from the National Galleries of Scotland’s collection, featuring works by artists such as Leonora Carrington, Salvador Dalí and René Magritte. This expanded display provides an opportunity to view our world-famous collection in greater depth.
Tour: Wednesday 15 April 10.15am-3.30pm;
Meet and collect at MOD ONE main entrance.
This display collates some of the most recognisable modern and contemporary portraits from the national collection. The rich survey of paintings, sculpture and works in other media features figures from science, politics, the arts, business and sport - it is a cross-section of well-known Scottish faces, from John Byrne, Alan Cumming and Tilda Swinton, to Annie Lennox, Frightened Rabbit's Scott Hutchison, and Naomi Mitchison.
Tour: Wednesday 20 May 10.15am-3.30pm;
Meet and collect at Portrait Gallery main entrance
Enjoy a tactile (wheelchair-friendly) outdoor tour of the stunning sculpture park at the Gallery of Modern Art, followed by a practical workshop. The grounds of the Gallery provide an ideal setting for sculptures by Tony Cragg, Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore and Rachel Whiteread, among others. The lawn at the front of the building was landscaped to a design by Charles Jencks to create Landform Ueda, which comprises a stepped, serpentine-shaped mound complemented by crescent-shaped pools of water. A combination of artwork, garden and social space, the landform was inspired by chaos theory and shapes found in nature.
Tour: Wednesday 17 June 10.15am-3.30pm;
Meet and collect at MOD ONE main entrance.
Film special effects superstar Ray Harryhausen elevated stop motion animation to an art during the 1950s to 1980s. His work included the films Jason and the Argonauts, the Sinbad films of the 50s and 70s, One Million Years B.C and Mighty Joe Young. He inspired a generation of film-makers such as Peter Jackson, Aardman Animation, Tim Burton, George Lucas, and Steven Spielberg, and his influence on blockbuster cinema can be felt to this day. For the first time, highlights from Ray’s collection will be showcased, which will be the largest and widest-ranging exhibition of his work ever seen.
Tour: Wednesday 15 July 10.15am–3.30pm;
Meet and collect at MOD TWO back door (accessible entrance).
This exhibition presents five of Titian’s greatest works, his epic series of large-scale mythological paintings, known as the poesie, together for the first time since 1704. Painted between about 1550 and 1562 the poesie are among the most original visual interpretations of Classical myth of the early modern era. In them Titian distilled the knowledge of painting and visual storytelling that he had acquired over five decades creating some of his most profound statements on human passion and irrationality, on love and death.
Tour: Wednesday 16 September 10.15am – 3.30pm;
Meet and collect at Academy back door (accessible entrance)
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
To read more about this programme Click here,
or for more information on current events contact 0131 624 6428.
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.
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:
The library offers regular descriptive tours and handling opportunities for visitors with sight loss. A portable loop system will be available during this event and library staff are trained in verbal description.
Tours at 11am and 2pm:
New for Disabled Access Day, developed for visitors with visual impairment, take an introductory tour around two of the Scottish galleries in the National Museum of Scotland, with an opportunity to touch objects from our handling collection.
Places are limited to six people.
How to book:
Phone: 0300 123 6789
The National Museum of Scotland:
Chambers Street, Edinburgh EH1 1JF.
Telephone 0131 247 4422.
The new National Museum of Scotland is now open! Take a journey of discovery through Scottish history, the natural
world, world cultures, science and technology and art and design as our new museum brings the world to Scotland
and Scotland to the world.
Opening hours - Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm, Tuesday 10am to 8pm and Sunday 12noon to 5pm. Admission is free, but there is a charge for special exhibitions. See below for directions and access details.
The National Museum of Scotland is situated in Chambers Street, in the heart of the Old Town, a few minutes
walk from Princes Street and the Royal Mile. Chambers Street links George IV Bridge and North Bridge.
By bus - service numbers 23, 27, 35, 41, 42 and 45 (Lothian Buses) go via the city centre and stop at George IV Bridge. Service numbers 3,3A,5,7,8,14,29,30,31,33,37A,37,49,X31,X37,X47 (Lothian Buses) and 77/X77, X78, X81, 86/86A/86B/X86 (First Bus) stop on South Bridge.
By train - the nearest train station is Edinburgh Waverley. Chambers Street is a few minutes walk from here up Market Street to The Mound and down George IV Bridge. The road is quite steep - visitors with mobility difficulties may wish to use the taxi rank at the station.
By car - head for Edinburgh City Centre. There is pay and display parking nearby on Chambers Street and a number of off-street car parks are signposted elsewhere in the city centre.
Four designated public parking spaces are available for disabled visitors in Chambers Street. There is no charge for these spaces. However, please note that they are not bookable. There is a level entrance to the museum via the main entrance to the Entrance Hall on Chambers Street and the Tower entrance at the corner of Chambers Street. Wheelchairs are available for loan at no charge. On arrival, ask at the Information Desk. Wheelchairs are not bookable in advance. Public lifts are available to all floors.
Guide dogs, hearing dogs and other recognised assistance dogs are admitted.
Free sound guides are available for the Museum of Scotland. Some Royal Museum exhibits have large-print and Braille labels. For those who have difficulty seeing the exhibits or reading the information about them, a Personal Access Guide can be booked by telephoning 0131 247 4206. There is no charge for this service. At least two weeks' notice is appreciated.
To arrange a special tour with handling sessions for visitors with visual impairments please email email@example.com or call 0131 247 4041. Please give two weeks' notice.
Prospective visitors are advised to phone ahead to get up-to-date information on what exhibitions and activities are available. Ring 0131 246 4206.
For further information or to add your name to the mailing list, please contact
National Museum of Scotland,
Edinburgh EH1 1JF.
Telephone: +44 (0) 131 247 4422
Typetalk: 18001 0131 247 4422
Fax: +44 (0) 131 220 4819
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum,
Glasgow G3 8AG
Phone 0141 276 9599.
First Bus services 9, 16, 23, 42 and 62 all stop directly outside Kelvingrove. There is pay and display car parking at
the venue, but space is limited. The car park has 10 spaces reserved for blue badge holders. These spaces are
free of charge and there is no time restriction.
Guide and Assistance dogs are welcome in Kelvingrove, and dog bowls and water are available.
Volunteer guides receive Disability Awareness training. Learning Assistants are trained in Visual Impairment
Awareness. Large print books, labels and graphics are available in the Early Settlers gallery. Braille museum
maps are available from reception on request.Braille booklets are available, as well as cassette tapes for your
own casette player.
There are opportunities to touch or handle objects within the galleries - these will be clearly signed. The Discovery Centres will allow visitors to investigate and explore objects further, with more handling opportunities - you may be asked to wear gloves.
To arrange tours, phone Nicola on 0141 276 9541.
The best bus service to the museum is the The Riversider, service 100, departing the city centre every 30 minutes.
Visit www.firstgroup.com/glasgow for the full timetable.
From 23 October 2011, the Winter Timetable will come into effect and the Riversider will depart from the City Centre every 30 minutes.
George Square (North side);
George Square (South side, outside Visit Scotland);
St Vincent Place at Buchanan Street;
Union Street (outside Poundland);
Argyle Street (at SAS Radisson);
Partick Interchange (Beith Street);
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.
There is a limited Pay & Display car park at the Museum - at £1 for 3 hours - maximum stay allowed. The car park will have 12 spaces reserved for blue badge holders and these spaces are free of charge with no time restrictions. There is also a Pay & Display car park at Kelvin Hall, Bunhouse Road (the previous home of the Museum of Transport) that's only a 10-minute signposted walk to Riverside. Alternatively at the Kelvingrove bus stop you can catch the Riversider bus, service 100, that will drop off at Riverside Museum. Parking at Bunhouse means easy access for also visiting Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.
Visitors may also use the SECC parking lot - charges apply - then it's just a short walk to the museum or catch the Riversider bus, service 100, that will drop you off directly at the museum - the bus stop is at the Clyde Auditorium (The Armadillo).
There will be specific provision for sensory-impaired visitors,
including 10% of displays designed specifically for people with a sensory impairment.
Guide and Assistance dogs are welcome in Riverside Museum, and dog bowls and water are available. Please contact a member of staff.