1 October 2021

NOTICE OF REDUCTION OF SERVICES

Following the lengthy hiatus in public performances due to the Corona Virus, and therefore audio descriptions, the question has arisen whether the maintenance of the Diary in the form it has had for almost 20 years is still worth the considerable effort involved, and given that the writer is now nearer 90 than 80, it seems the right time to enter semi retirement

The daily DIARY OF AUDIODESCRIBED TV broadcasts, which gives a Scottish version of the RNIB's TVhelp, has continued throughout the pandemic, and will continue for the foreseeable future.

CINEMA and THEATRE listings will be replaced by links to venues and other useful sources.

The MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES page will continue for the time being, dependent on supply of information.

National Galleries of Scotland.

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 www.investigatecreate.co.uk

Edinburgh

The Queen's Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse.

National Galleries of Scotland.

National Galleries of Scotland : Update.

National Library of Scotland.

The National Museum of Scotland.

Talbot Rice Gallery.

Glasgow

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 learning@royalcollection.org.uk or call 0131 557 2500.

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Modern One Sculpture tour - click here to open a new window

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.

Menu

  1. 1. Sculpture Tour at Modern One
  2. 2. Portrait Gallery Audio Tour
  3. 3. Fresh Produce: A tour of the garden at Modern One
  4. 4. Podcast Series - Reflections: Art, Life and Love
  5. 5. Podcast Series - The Making of a Portrait
  6. 6. Podcast Series - The Work of Art
  7. 7. Get in touch

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.

Modern One Sculpture tour - click here to open a new window

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.

Portrait Gallery audio tour- click here to open a new window

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.

Tour of the Modern One garden- click here to open a new window

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.

Podcast Reflections - click here to open a new window

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.

Podcast The Making of Portrait - click here to open a new window

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.

Podcast The Work of Art - click here to open a new window

7. Get in touch

If you would like to get in touch, please contact Meg Faragher on mfaragher@nationalgalleries.org
Please note I am working part time from home.

National Galleries of Scotland : Update for Visually Impaired Audiences, August 2020

National Galleries of Scotland
Update for Visually Impaired Audiences, August 2020

As the National Galleries of Scotland gear up for a gradual and careful re-opening of some of our sites, starting with the Scottish National Gallery and the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (Modern One), we have created a video (with audio-description) about what to expect which you will find below.
 
We know that many people will still not be able to visit in person and for now, our usual programme of tours and workshops continues to be on pause. In this ebulletin therefore we have highlighted some specially commissioned talks and concerts that we hope you will enjoy from home, as well as a call-out for participation and submissions for a forthcoming project called 2020: Stories, Portraits, Visions.
 
As we take stock of the last few months of lockdown, we're keen to hear about the experiences of visually impaired audiences, review some of the things we've done and look towards the future. We would very much like to hear from you! Included at the end of this ebulletin is a short survey. We would be grateful if you would be able to take a few moments to share your thoughts with us. You will be able to fill the survey in online, or request a telephone conversation.
 
As always, if you would like to get in touch, please contact Meg Faragher on mfaragher@nationalgalleries.org


Menu

1. Re-opening video
2. In the Mind's Eye - descriptive talks
3. Lockdown Music Concerts
4. 2020: Stories, Portraits, Visions - call to participate
5. Survey - tell us what you think!
6. Keep in touch


1. Re-opening video
 
The Scottish National Gallery and the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (Modern One) are now open! We will announce opening dates for the Scottish National Portrait Gallery and Modern Two soon.
Visits to our Galleries must be booked in advance, so head to our website to reserve your place. Admission is free.
If you would like information on booking a visit or have an access enquiry, please email nationalgalleryinfodesk@nationalgalleries.org or phone 0131 624 6560
Audio-described re-opening video -- opens in a new window


2. In the Mind's Eye
 
Enjoy two relaxing descriptive talks by the artist Juliana Capes. In these films Juliana will take a mindful, closer look at artworks and will invite us to take our time, to contemplate and to notice. As the talk incorporates detailed description, it is suitable for both sighted and visually impaired visitors. Turn up, tune in and chill out.
Wandering Shadows -- opens in a new window
Sunset with a Rainbow on the Calton Hill -- opens in a new window
In the Mind's eye webpage with images - opens in a new window 
 
 
3. Lockdown Music Concerts

The National Galleries of Scotland are delighted to be able to share with you a series of specially commissioned concerts, inspired by artworks, direct from the homes of some of our regular performers, brought to you by our partners Live Music Now Scotland.
Lockdown Concerts -- opens in a new window

 
4. 2020: Stories, Portraits, Visions - call to participate
 
Do you have a story or a portrait you'd like to share from this year?  Take part in our new project and have your work shown in the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.
2020: Stories, Portraits, Visions -- opens in a new window

 
5. Survey -- tell us what you think
 
As we look to the future, re-opening the galleries while continuing some online activity, we would welcome your thoughts and suggestions. Please take a moment to follow the survey link below and answer a few questions. If a phone conversation is preferable, there is an option to request this, or you can email us at mfaragher@nationalgalleries.org letting us know your phone number and a good time to call you Mon-Wed, 10am-2pm.
Survey -- opens in a new window
 

6. Keep in touch
 
If you would like to get in touch, please contact Meg Faragher on mfaragher@nationalgalleries.org
Please note I am working part time from home, but will reply as soon as I can.

 

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: informationdesk@nationalgalleries.org
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 mfaragher@nationalgalleries.org

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.

2020 Visual Impairment Programme: March to September 2020.

Paula Rego: Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art Two -- MODERN TWO

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 | Dada and Surrealism: Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art One -- MOD ONE

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.

The Modern Portrait: Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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

Outdoor Sculpture: Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art One -- MODERN ONE

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.

Ray Harryhausen | Titan of Cinema: Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art Two -- MODERN TWO

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).

Titian | Love, Desire, Death: Scottish National Gallery

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)

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:

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.

To visit the National Library web site

Click National Library of Scotland


The National Museum of Scotland.

National Museum of Scotland: Tours for Visually Impaired Visitors

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.

Highlights: Top five things to see and do.

How to get there:

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.

Access for the disabled:

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.

Touch Tours

To arrange a special tour with handling sessions for visitors with visual impairments please email tours@nms.ac.uk 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,
Chambers Street,
Edinburgh EH1 1JF.
Telephone: +44 (0) 131 247 4422
Typetalk: 18001 0131 247 4422
Fax: +44 (0) 131 220 4819
Email: info@nms.ac.uk.

The National Museum of Scotland web site.


Talbot Rice Gallery.

Click here for Talbot Rice web site.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum,
Argyle Street,
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.

Click here for Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum web site.

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

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.
Bus Stops:
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);
SECC;
Riverside Museum;
Partick Interchange (Beith Street);
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.

Parking:
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.

Click here for Riverside Museum web site.

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