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

Artlink Opening Lines Performance

Observing Calton Hill: Saturday 4 April, 2015

Artist and choreographer Siriol Joyner (Aberystwyth, Cymru) and writer and mythogeographer Phil Smith (Exeter, England) will be returning to Edinburgh this Spring, to create a second site-responsive performance for Artlink as part of the Opening Lines Programme.

Siriol and Phil will be creating a work that responds to the historic and evocative site of Calton Hill, in a performance that overlaps and collides place, dance, description, objects and narratives.

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.

Game of Crowns: The 1715 Jacobite Rising: Scottish National Library

William of Orange's invasion in 1688 began a power struggle that culminated in the 1715 Jacobite rising in Scotland.
Game of Crowns is an exhibition examining the background to this struggle, the significant players involved, and the outcome for the Jacobites and for Scotland.

Descriptive Tour:
Tuesday 14 April, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
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.

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.

Where Language Ends - Ross Birrell and David Harding: Talbot Rice Gallery

Where Language Ends sees the University of Edinburgh's Talbot Rice Gallery filled with coloured light and sound, as Glasgow-based artists Ross Birrell and David Harding bring together stories about exile and conflict, the words of poets such as John Keats and reference Wojtek the bear, one of Edinburgh Zoo's most famous ex-inhabitants. But it's music that links the different elements of the exhibition, emerging as a redemptive force, though one never far from brutality and violence.

Where Language Ends is an immersive journey through complex, multi-layered narratives, with Birrell and Harding inviting the viewer to explore the thresholds between music and politics, poetry and place, composition and colour.

Descriptive Tour: Saturday 25 April, 2:00 - 3:00pm
Event Price: Free
More information and booking:
Beverley Casebow, Education Outreach Officer, NLS
Phone: 0131 650 2210

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.

Highlights from the Scottish Collection: Scottish National Gallery

Join us to explore a selection of highlights from the Gallery's renowned collection of Scottish art, the most important of its kind in the world. The collection covers the history of Scottish painting with the major names, including Ramsay, Raeburn, Wilkie and McTaggart, represented in depth. Works on show include Raeburns much-loved The Reverend Robert Walker Skating on Duddingston Loch or, as it has become known, the ‘Skating Minister’.
Tour: Wednesday 18 March 2015 10am - 3.30pm;
Meet and collect at RSA back door.
To book or join the mailing list contact or phone 0131 624 6200.

Ponte City : Mikhael Subotzky and Patrick Waterhouse: Scottish National Portrait Gallery

Rising 54 storeys high, Ponte City is the tallest residential building in Africa. Since 1975 this iconic structure has punctuated the Johannesburg skyline, originally offering cosmopolitan living for white South Africa. In the post-apartheid years the building became more integrated, but a proposed renovation was never completed — leaving the structure in a semi-destructed state, while tenants still occupied flats in the block. It was during this time period that the tower became the subject of a collaboration between South African photographer, Mikhael Subotzky and British artist, Patrick Waterhouse. Over five years they interviewed the remaining tenants and recorded the half-occupied building through a series of photographs and a collection of documents and other debris from the abandoned units. Cumulatively the work provides a cross-section of an iconic South African landmark that continues to symbolize the hopes and fears of the country's most populous city, and in turn, this post-apartheid nation.
Tour: Wednesday 15 April 2015 10am - 3.30pm;
Meet at and collect from the main entrance.
To book or join the mailing list contact or phone 0131 624 6560.

ARTIST ROOMS: Roy Lichtenstein: Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art – MOD ONE

This exhibition will focus on a major group of 16 large-scale screen-prints by the ground-breaking American Pop artist Roy Lichtenstein (1923-1997). Dating between 1990 and 1996, these works are typical of Lichtenstein's distinctive style, and cover key series in the artist's repertoire. The exhibition will also feature iconic paintings such as Reflections: ART from the Estate of Roy Lichtenstein and In the Car from the Gallery of Modern Art's own collection.
Tour: Wednesday 20 May 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.

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.

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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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.

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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