Access Tours aim to bring art to those with visual and hearing conditions

Visitors enjoying an MK Gallery Access Tour, 2011.  Image courtesy MK Gallery.
Visitors enjoying an MK Gallery Access Tour, 2011. Image courtesy MK Gallery.

PEOPLE with visual or hearing conditions are being encouraged to take part in a new tour to help them embrace the arts.

Milton Keynes Gallery’s Access Tours aim to help those who may feel such impediments would make visiting an art exhibition difficult.

The tours are offered at all of MKG’s exhibitions, with the next due to take place on Monday, December 19 for the States and Spaces exhibition.

At 11am an experienced BSL interpreter will support the tour for hearing impaired people and at 2pm experienced audio describer and artist Emma Wilde will conduct a tour for people with sight loss or visual impairment.

These tours are absolutely free and no specialist arts knowledge is required.

To attend just call 01908 558305 to register an interest with the gallery’s head of learning, Emma Fry.

The States and Spaces exhibition includes video, painting, drawing, etching and sound installations, which have been selected from a huge body of work produced by Project Art Works, a Hastings-based visual arts organisation, who specialise in collaborating with people with complex needs.

The show content offers a fascinating insight into the worlds of people who have neurological impairment, and their very particular ways of experiencing different spaces.

It includes work from a long-term project between MK Gallery and Project Art Works, centring on the exploration of constructed and open space, with reference to MK’s urban grid.

One of the works is an immersive and ethereal sound installation made from recordings taken during a visit in September this year to MK’s wonderful tree sanctuary, The Cathedral of Trees.

For more details visit the website at or call the Information Desk on 01908 676 900.