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Royal Academy InTouch Events

Royal Academy InTouch Events start 1 July

Welcome to our new season of InTouch events

Our new season of InTouch events for blind and partially sighted visitors are now available to book. Each event includes an audio-described tour, followed by a handling or art-making session.

Venue: Burlington House
Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BD.
6 Burlington Gardens
London, W1S 3ET.

These events include refreshments, and volunteer support is provided.
Sessions are free but have a limited capacity.

Please book in advance.

Summer Exhibition 2019

Date: Monday 1 July  Time:  9–11am
Our annual celebration of art and creativity continues this year with acclaimed British painter Jock McFadyen RA taking the mantle from Grayson Perry RA to coordinate the 251st Summer Exhibition.
Join us for an interactive audio described tour of the exhibition that will include the opportunity for attendees to touch a number of the works on display.

Tickets are free but booking is required.
Visit webpage: https://blindsport.uk/RA1July


Helene Schjerfbeck

Date: Friday 2 August  Time: 9–11am
Join us for this early morning audio described tour to discover the paintings of Helene Schjerfbeck (1862–1946), one of Finland’s best kept secrets. Including over 60 portraits, landscapes and still-lifes, this survey show traces the evolution of her career from her early naturalistic style to her self-portraits.
Following the tour we’ll explore a range of handling materials that will allow a deeper insight into the developments and context for the shifts in style throughout her career.

Tickets are free but booking is required.
Visit webpage: https://blindsport.uk/RA2August


Félix Vallotton

Date: Monday 2 September  Time: 9–11am
Join us for an audio-described tour and handling session to discover paintings and prints detailing Vallotton’s extraordinary body of work – from compelling portraits, magnetic still-lifes, luminescent landscapes and bitingly satirical prints, to interior scenes which reverberate with psychological tension.

Tickets are free but booking is required.
Visit webpage:  https://blindsport.uk/RA2Sept

How to book

Tickets can be booked online or by contacting our Ticketing Team by emailing tickets@royalacademy.org.uk or call us on 020 7300 8090.

Audio guides are available for most exhibitions. Find out more.


The VI friendly Tate!

VI friendly Tate Galleries

latest from Marcus DickeyHorley from the Tate

We are embedding visual impairment awareness into our front of house service.

We are working with visually impaired artists to explain and interpret the Tate collection.

We are using a mix of audio description, touching of both replicas and original sculpture to help people understand the environment.

We are looking to the future to engage with technologies to expand our work.

Vocaleyes has trained ten staff members in visual awareness and the trainees will pass this on to another five hundred colleagues over the next eighteen months

Free audio description tours take place at Tate Britain on the third Monday morning of every month.

We have permission for VI visitors to touch certain exhibits where possible but only those owned by Tate. When visitors touch exhibits they first put on cotton archive gloves.

We use examples of materials to be handled to illustrate the texture of exhibits. The touch tours are led by trained guides. Touch tours are bookable to fit the individual.

A couple of times a year we have a private view Out of hours audio described tour of major exhibitions for those who cannot make the gallery hours tours. The next one is for Picasso at Tate Modern on Monday 21 May from 6.30 to 8.30pm.

Training is being given to our visitor assistants to change the role from warder to welcomer.

We would like more VI people to visit the gallery but rather than squeeze more into the existing number of events we would like to hold more events to accommodate this.

We want to be more multisensory in the experience we offer so not just description and touch but smell also.

We are keen to work with organisations who may wish to bring a group of VI children or young people to the gallery, combining our existing learning programme with the accessibility we have developed.

Many partially sighted visitors use their phones to enlarge an image of an exhibit: now the Tate Galleries staff will not stop you taking photos unless it’s with a flash or tripod, there is no danger of your use of a phone to magnify being mistaken for taking a photo.

Information on our accessible events can be found on our website if you search under audio description. Website: http://www.tate.org.uk

If you would like my email alerts, please let me know by email on Marcus.DickeyHorley@tate.org.uk


The article is taken from the LVIF March Minutes