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In The Frame : Descriptive gallery events organised by Artlink:

Artlink is an arts and disability organisation working to improve access to the arts. They are developing a project called Opening Lines, a series of collaborative projects with artists, writers and visually impaired participants exploring verbal description. To find out more about the project, or join the mailing list for events listings, contact Susan:
susan@artlinkedinburgh.co.uk or call 0131 299 3555.

Artlink In the Frame Descriptive gallery tours in Edinburgh

Fruitmarket Gallery.

5 Market Street, Edinburgh, EH1 2DF
0131 225 2383

Jim Lambie

Jim Lambie is one of Scotland's most internationally significant artists. Known for visually compelling, generous and beguiling work which attracts both popular and critical acclaim, Lambie came to prominence with Zobop, a floor-based sculptural intervention that consists of continuous lines of multi-coloured vinyl tape.

Join a tour with verbal description of Lambie's work for visitors with sight loss and everyone welcome.
Free Descriptive Tour: Thursday 4 September, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm.
To book contact the gallery: 0131 226 8181.

Drift - live performance.

Thursday 11 September, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Portobello Prom

A promenade performance along Portobello Prom by Laura Cameron Lewis and Juliana Capes.

Drift weaves together stories from generations of women with connections to Portobello Prom across their lives. For this event we will walk along the prom experiencing the scene as it is set and the narrative unfolds.

Drift was created as part of Artlink's Opening Lines which mixes description, history and storytelling in response to locations across Edinburgh, creating events for sighted and non sighted audiences.

To book, contact Susan at Artlink
e-mail susan@artlinkedinburgh.co.uk
call 0131 229 3555.

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Patriothall Gallery.

Wasps Studios, 1D Patriothall (off Hamilton Place), Edinburgh, EH3 5AY
0131 226 7126

Seep 2: Mirrors and Mires

Fifteen local and international artists from intersectional backgrounds will present work ranging from painting to film installation, focusing on the theme of Mirrors & Mires both in content and form. The exhibition will particularly highlight work from minority ethnic, migrant, working class, and Deaf and disabled LGBTI artists.

Descriptive Tour with Sandra Alland
Saturday 20 September, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm : Patriothall Gallery
For this event artists and curator Sandra Alland will lead a highlights tour and discussion with verbal description and BSL interpretation.
How to book:
Email: Cachin@blissfultimes.ca

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Talbot Rice Gallery.

Talbot Rice Gallery, The University of Edinburgh, Old College, South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH8 9YL
0131 650 2210

Pandora's Light Box

This is a sound installation of a poem written by Ken Cockburn describing the history, architecture and ambience 0f the gallery. Around the gallery there are three specially designed listening stations to listen to each part of the poem.

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.

Current exhibition:

Poetry for the Palace: 14 March 2014 to 20 July 2014

This exhibition celebrates the work of the current Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, at the half-way point in her laureateship. It explores the role of the Poet Laureate, and the close relationship between poet and monarch over the last three and a half centuries..

Join members of the Learning team for a verbal description tour of key works and themes in the exhibition.
Descriptive Tour: Saturday 4 October, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm :The Queens Gallery.
Event Price: £6.50 (£5.90) or free with a one year pass.
To book your place e-mail learning@royalcollection.org.uk or call 0131 557 2500.

More information:

Click here for The Queen's Gallery web site.

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.

For more information please contact Meg Faragher: 0131 624 6428

2014 Visual Impairment Programme.

Booking essential.
Booking: If you are interested in attending any of these events, bookings can be made in person at the Information Desk in the Weston Link / Garden level of the National Gallery Complex, or by ringing 0131 624 6560.
If you prefer to book by email, please contact communities@nationalgalleries.org

Please let us know in advance if you have any additional support needs, have allergies, are hard of hearing or have a mobility impairment, so that we can arrange to help you.

For participants taking part in sessions at the Scottish National 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.

For any additional information, please contact Meg Faragher on 0131 624 6428.

Tours and Workshops:

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

GENERATION: 25 Years of Contemporary Art in Scotland: Scottish National Gallery

This landmark series of exhibitions will celebrate some of the very best art to have emerged from Scotland in the last 25 years, and will be shown at more than 50 venues across the country from June to October 2014.

At the Scottish National Gallery, large-scale installations such as Steven Campbell's 1990 Third Eye Centre exhibition On Form and Content and Turner Prize-winner Martin Boyce's 2002 Tramway show Our Love is Like the Flowers, the Rain, the Sea and the Hours will be recreated. Also on show will be the abstract canvases of Turner Prize Nominee Callum Innes, video projections by Rosalind Nashashibi, and a sculptural installation by Christine Borland, not seen in Scotland before. The exhibition will also provide a challenge for Turner Prize-nominees Karla Black and David Shrigley to produce new work in response to the Gallery's imposing neo-classical spaces.

Tour: Wednesday 17 September 2014 10am - 3.30pm;
Meet at and and collect from the back door of the Royal Scottish Academy.
The event consists of a 90 minute tour in the morning, followed by a lunch break, and a 2 1/2 hour practical workshop in the afternoon. Guides, chairs and refreshments will be provided. Please bring a packed lunch.

To book or join the mailing list contact communities@nationalgalleries.org or phone 0131 624 6200.

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American Impressionism: Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art - MOD TWO

The exhibition traces the discovery of Impressionism by American artists in the late 19th-century. Divided into four groups these include; major figures such as Mary Cassatt, John Singer Sargent and James McNeill Whistler who lived in Paris and were close personal friends of the French Impressionists, especially Degas and Monet; the group of American artists who trained in Paris and/or settled near Monet at Giverny in 1887; American Impressionists working in the USA, including William Merritt Chase, Childe Hassam and Theodore Robinson and Later Impressionism and the American group known as 'The Ten'.
Tour: Wednesday 15 October 2014 10am - 3.30pm;
Meet at and collect from MOD TWO back door.
To book or join the mailing list contact communities@nationalgalleries.org or phone 0131 624 6560.

Remembering the Great War: Scottish National Portrait Gallery

This exhibition will be held at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. Thought-provoking and poignant, and encompassing famous Scots as well as far less well-known figures, it will make a major contribution to global commemorations of the First World War. Largely drawn from works in the National Galleries of Scotland collections, the exhibition will include a rich variety of portraits and related works in various media. The exhibition will provide an opportunity to learn about the devastating impact of the First World War and its consequences, and specifically about the key role that Scotland and the Scottish people played.
Tour: Wednesday 19 November 2014 10am - 3.30pm;
Meet at and collect from the main entrance.
To book or join the mailing list contact communities@nationalgalleries.org or phone 0131 624 6560.

Booking Essential.

If you are interested in attending any of these events, bookings can be made in person 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.
For any additional information, please contact Meg Faragher on 0131 624 6428.

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.

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National Library of Scotland.

Behind the Lines: Personal stories of the First World War

As the centenary of its outbreak is marked around the world, this exhibition explores Scotland's story of the First World War. That there was no such thing as a typical experience is reflected in papers we have selected from our wonderfully rich collections.

Join a descriptive tour led by Beverley Casebow and the exhibition curator.
Descriptive Tour: Wednesday 22 October, 2:00pm - 3:30 pm : National Library of Scotland
How to book:
E-mail events@nls.uk
call 0131 623 3734
online bookings www.nls.uk/events

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Jupiter Artland.

Jupiter Artland is a contemporary sculpture garden in the grounds of Bonnington House, outside Edinburgh. Works by many leading artists have been commissioned and then constructed in situ, with the relationship of each artwork to its topographical location being a crucial feature.

Jupiter Artland has launched its first audio guides to the collection with three options available including a descriptive tour for visually impaired visitors. The guide also includes a general introduction with words from the owners of the collection, some of the artists, narration by Fiona Henderson (ex BBC newsreader), words and music which inspired the sculpture, commentary by Richard Irving the head gardener and much, much more. Children from Juniper Green Primary School have recorded stories they have written in response to the artwork as well as a beautiful piece of music written by a young boy inspired by the Cells of Life.

Verbal descriptions are available for the 6 most accessible works. Jupiter Artland is an 90-acre ancient woodland. The artworks are exhibited in a natural outdoor environment; many of the paths are unpaved and rough. A sighted companion is recommended to safely navigate the route.

Admission to Jupiter Artland is £8.50, it is free to blue badge holders and the descriptive tour is free for visually impaired visitors. For bookings and further information contact
01506 889900 or visit the website www.jupiterartland.org

The Palace of Holyrood House:

Canongate, The Royal Mile, EH8 8DX. Telephone 0131 556 5100.
A descriptive audio tour is available, and is included in the price of admission. For further information phone 0131 556 5100.

Click here for The Palace of Holyrood House web site.

The National Museum of Scotland.

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.

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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);
Riverside Museum;
Partick Interchange (Beith Street);
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.

There is a limited Pay & Display car park at the Museum - £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.

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Click here for Riverside Museum web site.

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