AUDIO DESCRIPTION IN 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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.