Artlink information August – September 2017


Artlink has released details of gallery and library events designed for individuals

with sight loss. Please make bookings directly with the venue. If you have

any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Kirsty at Artlink

0131 229 3555 option 1


In this issue:

Edinburgh Art Festival – Descriptive Tour at various venues, beginning at

Dovecot, Wednesday 16 August, 10am to 1pm

Flotilla  РDescriptive tour and handling at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop,

Saturday 19 August at 2pm and Wednesday 23 August at 11am

True to Life: British Realist Paining in the 1920s and 30s – Descriptive

tour and workshop at Modern 2, Wednesday 20 September, 10:15 am to 3:30 pm



Edinburgh Art Festival: Descriptive Tour

Wednesday 16 August, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Various Venues


Juliana Capes will lead an audio descriptive tour of selected Edinburgh Art

Festival venues including Dovecot, Talbot Rice Gallery, Stills and The

Fruitmarket Gallery. The venues are all located within an easy half mile

walk of each other within Edinburgh’s historic Old Town. This event warmly

welcomes people with disabilities including people with visual impairments.

A Hearing Loop will also be able throughout this tour and refreshments will

be provided.


The tour will begin at Dovecot Gallery with introductions, tea and coffee

and then a visit to the Daughters of Penelope exhibition. We will then make

our way to Stephen Sutcliffe: Sex Symbols in Sandwich Signs at Talbot Rice

Gallery, Kate Davis: Nudes Never Wear Glasses at Stills, before finishing at

Fruitmarket Gallery and the Jac Leirner’s Add it Up exhibition and


Free, booking recommended


Please contact with your access requirements

when registering for this event.


How to book

Organiser Phone: 0131 226 6558


Booking website:




Saturday 19 August 2pm and Wednesday 23 August 11am

Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop

Descriptive Tour and Handling


For Edinburgh Art Festival 2017 Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop presents the

first major solo exhibition of the work of the artist Charlotte Barker.

Opening on the 29th July 2017 this newly commissioned, previously unseen

work explores the irregularities of the handmade object.


Join Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop’s Front of House Manager, Lynn Cowan, as

she leads an exhibition tour specifically designed for visually impaired

visitors. The tour includes a touch element where you will be able to handle

several works provided by artist, Charlotte Barker.


Charlotte Barker’s work sits at the intersection of sculpture and design.

Her exquisitely made objects bridge the gap between functionality and

aesthetics to float precariously between states. Produced with traditional

methods these works strike an elegant balance between simplicity and

complexity, the historical and the contemporary. Their minimal forms are

opposed by the intricate traceries of tool marks that form their surfaces

exposing their material beauty, their tactile history and their means of



This new body of beautifully crafted ceramic sculptures and vessels

displayed on painstakingly reproduced replicas of simple, functional 17th

century furniture maintains many of the idiomatic elements that are

associated with ceramics and furniture exploring their sculptural potential

and deconstructing the hierarchical relationships between fine art, craft

and the decorative arts.


Free, Booking required


How to book

Phone: 0131 551 4490





True to Life: British Realist Paining in the 1920s and 30s

Wednesday 20 September, 10:15 am – 3:30 pm

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art – Modern Two

Descriptive Tour and Workshop


Descriptive tour and workshop consisting of a 90 minute tour in the morning,

followed by a lunch break and a 2.5 hour practical workshop in the

afternoon. Guides, chairs and refreshments will be provided. Please bring a

packed lunch.


Free but booking essential.


The first ever survey of this fascinating subject, the exhibition will show

the breadth and depth of the art of the period, bringing together paintings

by a generation of hugely talented artists whom art history has tended to

sideline, as the figurative tradition they represent has been overshadowed

by the more dominant abstraction of Modernism.


In the last decade artists such as Gerald Leslie Brockhurst, Meredith

Frampton, Harold Harvey, Bernard Fleetwood Walker and Dod Procter have

re-emerged from the shadows, and their extraordinary work is ripe for



How to Book

Phone: 0131 624 6560






Kirsty Paterson

Arts Access Assistant


13a Spittal Street




Tel: 0131 229 3555 Option1

Artlink Edinburgh and the Lothians: SCO06845




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