CORONA VIRUS LOCKDOWN

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 Events scheduled for April to July 2020 are therefore withdrawn from this site.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.

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 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.

National Galleries of Scotland.

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.

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

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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: