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

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Next month, we are pleased to welcome back Poorboy Theatre to engage in a two week residency to further explore and develop access creatively within a performance. We would like to invite you to join Poorboy and contribute to this research process at four open sessions. You will experience some of the work and research through short showings, and be invited to share your thoughts and experiences at a Q&A session.

These open session will take place on:

Thursday 7th May, 13:00-14:00
Music and Audio Description;

Friday 8th May, 13:00-14:00
Audience Interaction and Food;

Wednesday 13th May, 13:00-14:00
Sound, Silence and Space;

Friday 15th May, 13:00-14:00
Product Design and Technology.

Each open session will take place at:
St Ninian's Hall, Kirk O’ Field, 140 Pleasance, Edinburgh, EH8 9RR.

You are welcome to attend as many sessions as you wish. Artlink can help with transport to and from the venue. For more information and to book a place, please contact Kirsty at Artlink: 0131 229 3555.

RNIB Art Group

The art group is looking for new members to join a weekly group developing your own skills and artwork supported by a professional artist.

Every Tuesday 11am - 1pm
RNIB, Hillside Crescent.
Cost £50 per 10 week block.

For more information and bookings contact Jane Coats 0131 652 3140.

The Palace of Holyroodhouse: Up Close:

Descriptive Tour:
Wednesday 29 April, 10am - 12noon
Palace of Holyroodhouse, Canongate, The Royal Mile, EH8 8DX.
This tour enables blind and partially sighted visitors to get close to objects behind ropes in the Royal Dining Room, King's Bedchamber and Morning Drawing Room with members of the Learning team. Participants can explore the remaining rooms in the State and Historic Apartments with our verbal description audio guide.
Event Price: Free with a Palace ticket or 1-Year Pass For further information phone 0131 556 5100.

Click here for The Palace of Holyrood House web site.

Possibilities of the Object: Fruitmarket Gallery

In the 1950s and 1960s, artists in Brazil radically transformed what the object of art could be. It was a period of intense experimentation, extremely important to art history, and its effects are still being felt today.

Curator Paulo Venancio Filho has brought together objects from studios; talking directly to surviving artists from the period, to artists' heirs and estates, and to more contemporary artists still working in this experimental tradition today. The exhibition includes objects by some of the most famous of all Brazilian artists – Hélio Oiticica, Lygia Clark, Cildo Meireles, Ernesto Neto – and some whose work has only rarely been seen outside Brazil.

On the floor, on walls, hanging from the ceiling, on shelves or gathered together on tables as if still in the studio, these objects invite us to look at art afresh. Playing with ideas around abstraction, figuration, the ready-made and even performance, this show allows us to think again about what sculpture can be.

Descriptive Tour led by Juliana Capes:
Thursday 7 May, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Fruitmarket Gallery, Market Street.

Event Price: Free.
To book phone 0131 225 2383.

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 or call 0131 557 2500.

Gold: The Queen's Gallery

This exhibition brings together works of art from the Bronze Age to the present day to celebrate the enduring qualities of gold. Through objects from every section of the Royal Collection, it explores the distinctive qualities that make this rare and precious metal an expression of the highest status, both earthly and divine.

Descriptive Tour: Thursday 4 June, 2pm - 3.15pm
Event Price: Free with a Palace ticket or 1-Year Pass - £6.60 / £3.30 concession

This verbal description tour for blind and partially sighted visitors illuminates key objects and themes in Gold including a spectacular gold crown from Ecuador and Bronze Age cup. The afternoon finishes with a short talk on the Gold Stage Coach with exhibition co-curator, Lauren Porter.

How to book:
Telephone 0131 557 2500 or email

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

2015 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

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.

Heads at the Gallery of Modern Art: Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art – MOD ONE

This display has been devised to show off the recent acquisition of the Picasso cubist drawing Head and to put it in the context of a whole array of different ways of depicting heads. Many people would not recognize Picasso's drawing as being of a head, but by showing the different way that heads have been depicted down the centuries and in particular in the 20th century we hope to make clear that there is no 'right' way of depicting the shape we all know best, from our very earliest moments as a child. This fascinating display of works on paper will feature prints, photographs, collages and important drawings from the collections of the National Gallery and Portrait Gallery.
Tour: Wednesday 17 June 2015 10am - 3.30pm;
Meet at MOD ONE main entrance and collect at MOD TWO back door.
To book or join the mailing list contact or phone 0131 624 6560.

The Amazing World of MC Escher: Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art – MOD TWO

This exhibition offers the opportunity to rediscover a giant of twentieth-century art, a fabulously imaginative artist of unparalleled technical ability, whose work is familiar from reproductions, but is seldom experienced 'in the flesh'. The exhibition includes nearly 100 prints and drawings stretching across his whole career, and is drawn in its entirety from the collection of the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague, in the Netherlands, which holds an almost complete set of Escher’s prints.
Tour: Wednesday 15 July 2015 10am - 3.30pm;
Meet at MOD TWO back door and collect at MOD TWO back door.
To book or join the mailing list contact or phone 0131 624 6560.

Bailey's Stardust: Scottish National Gallery

David Bailey’s landmark exhibition Bailey's Stardust will feature hundreds of photographs by one of the world's most distinguished and distinctive photographers. The largest exhibition of David Bailey's portraits to be shown in the UK, it will feature over 300 portraits including works that depict Bailey's time in East Africa, Papua New Guinea, Australia, Delhi and the Naga Hills, as well as icons from the worlds of fashion and the arts, striking portraits of the Rolling Stones, Catherine Bailey and the East End of London.
Tour: Wednesday 16 September 2015 10am - 3.30pm;
Meet and collect at RSA back door.
To book or join the mailing list contact or phone 0131 624 6560.

Arthur Melville: Scottish National Gallery

This landmark exhibition is the first for over 35 years devoted to the extraordinary art of Arthur Melville. Melville (1855-1904) was the most innovative and radical Scottish artist of his generation and one of the finest British watercolour painters of the 19th century. The stained-glass intensity of his palette, his fascination with effects of brilliant light and his boldly dramatic compositions had a revolutionary impact on watercolour as an art form.
Tour: Wednesday 21 October 2015 10am - 3.30pm;
Meet and collect at RSA back door.
To book or join the mailing list contact or phone 0131 624 6560.

Head to Head : Portrait Sculpture - Ancient to Modern: Scottish National Portrait Gallery

Head to Head showcases portrait sculpture from across the National Galleries of Scotland. A spectacular selection of sculpted heads and figures, from ancient to modern and executed in a wide range of media, will be on display. The exhibition illustrates how sculptors continue to reference the illustrious tradition of the portrait bust but in various ways also seek to break free from it. Featuring a rich variety of work in terms of style and scale the display will form a dramatic spectacle in the Contemporary Gallery.
Tour: Wednesday 18 November 2015 10am - 3.30pm;
Meet and collect at Portrait Gallery main entrance.
To book or join the mailing list contact or phone 0131 624 6560.

Scottish Women Painters and Sculptors 1885-1965: Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art – MOD TWO

This revelatory exhibition of work by Scottish women artists will concentrate on painters and sculptors. It covers the period from 1885, when Fra Newbery became Director of Glasgow School of Art, until 1965, the year of Anne Redpath’s death. More than 80 works will be shown, drawn from the National Galleries of Scotland's holdings and other public collections from throughout the UK, as well as from private collections. The exhibition will include familiar masterpieces alongside important works by significant artists which are rarely seen and who are not widely known. Artists represented range from Bessie MacNicol, Phoebe Anna Traquair and Gertrude Alice Meredith Williams, to Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh, Dorothy Johnstone and Hazel Armour, as well as Phyllis Bone, Joan Eardley and Bet Low.
Tour: Wednesday 20 January 2016 10am - 3.30pm;
Meet and collect at MOD TWO back door.
To book or join the mailing list contact or phone 0131 624 6560.

Costume at the Portrait Gallery: Scottish National Portrait Gallery

Explore key portraits from the Portrait Gallery collection, enhanced by tactile embroidery samples created as part of the 2014 Portrait Gallery residency of Helen McCook from the Royal School of Needlework, Hampton Court Palace. Created in part by, and in consultation with visually impaired participants and volunteers, the samples relate to five major portraits from the Portrait Gallery collection - Queen Charlotte by Allan Ramsay; Henriette Anne, Duchess of Orleans by Jean Nocret; James VI and I by Adrian Vanson; James V by an unknown artist and Anne Erskine and her daughters by George Jameson.
Tour: Wednesday 17 February 2016 10am - 3.30pm;
Meet and collect at Portrait Gallery main entrance.
To book or join the mailing list contact or phone 0131 624 6560.

20th Century: Masterpieces of Scottish and European Art: Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art – MOD ONE

This display of masterpieces from the collection of the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art offers an overview of some of the most remarkable art made during the last century. It features important works from both British and European artists, and explores the vital links between artistic communities across the UK and mainland Europe. The display traces and celebrates the major developments in twentieth- century art, from expressionism and cubism, to abstraction and Pop Art. Among those on show include French artist Édouard Vuillard, who shares space with Scottish Colourists JD Fergusson, Samuel Peploe and FCB Cadell and Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh. Glasgow-born artist Steven Campbell's work Elegant Gestures of the Drowned after Max Ernst (1986) is featured as is Silenzioso Sangue (1979/85), by Italian painter Mimmo Paladino. The display also includes four works by sculptor, painter and printmaker William Turnbull.
Tour: Wednesday 16 March 2016 10am - 3.30pm;
Meet at MOD ONE main entrance and collect at MOD TWO back door.
To book or join the mailing list contact or phone 0131 624 6560.

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

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Workshop: Plagues and Pandemics: Scottish National Library

To mark 'Make a Noise in Libraries' fortnight, join Anette Hagan, Rare Books Curator, for a sneak preview of some of the material being considered for the exhibition on plagues and pandemics at the end of the year. Get the opportunity to handle and learn more about these special items.

Material handling workshop for people with visual impairments:
Wednesday 10 June, 11:00am - 12:30pm
National Library of Scotland, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh.
Event Price: Free.

More information and booking:
Beverley Casebow, Education Outreach Officer, NLS
Phone: 0131 623 3745.

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 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

The National Museum of Scotland web site.

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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 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.

Click here for Riverside Museum web site.

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