Artlink information June to July 2017

Artlink information June to July 2017
See below for 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 Artlink0131 229 3555 option 1
Sensory Garden Tour – Descriptive tour and touch tour at Holyrood Palace,Monday 5th June 10.30am
Maria Merian’s Butterflies ¬†– Descriptive Tour at the Queen’s Gallery,Thursday 8th June 10.30am
The Weaver’s Apprentice – Descriptive tour at Dovecot, Thursday 15th June11am
ARTIST ROOMS Ed Ruscha – Descriptive tour and workshop at Modern One,Wednesday 21st June 10.15am
Beyond Caravaggio – Descriptive tour and workshop at National Galleries ofScotland, Wednesday 19th July 10.15am

Sensory Garden TourMonday 5 June, 10:30 am – 11:30 amPalace of Holyrood HouseDescriptive Tour and Touch Tour
Join staff for a verbal descriptive sensory tour of the Palace Gardens. Findout how the gardeners get ready for the annual Royal Garden Party while youalso learn how the garden has been used in the past. This unique sensoryexperience for blind and partially sighted audiences will give you chance totouch and smell elements in the garden.
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Maria Merian’s Butterflies: highlights tourThursday 8 June, 10:30 am – 12:00 pmThe Queen’s GalleryDescriptive Tour
In 1699, the German artist and entomologist Maria Sibylla Merian set sailwith her youngest daughter for Suriname in South America. ¬†There she wouldspend two years studying the animals and plants she encountered, leading tothe publication of the lavishly illustrated ¬†Metamorphosis InsectorumSurinamensium (The Metamorphosis of the Insects of Suriname), which broughtthe wonders of Suriname to Europe.Maria Merian’s Butterflies tells the artist’s extraordinary story throughher works acquired by George III and now in the Royal Collection. ¬†Theseinclude the luxury versions of the plates from the Metamorphosis, partiallyprinted and then hand-painted on vellum by Merian herself.
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The Weaver’s ApprenticeThursday 15 June, 11:00 am – 12:00 pmDovecot StudiosDescriptive Tour
This descriptive tour of the exhibition by Juliana Capes will providevisually impaired visitors with a deeper understanding of the Dovecotapprenticeship experience and the tapestries created by the weavers. A touchtable will also be available.FREE. Please register via EventbriteThe Weaver’s Apprentice tells the story of the Dovecot apprenticeship,featuring objects from the organisation’s archive, as well as historic andcurrent works.How to bookOnline:

ARTIST ROOMS Ed RuschaWednesday 21 June, 10:15 am – 3:30 pmScottish National Gallery of Modern Art – Modern OneDescriptive 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 theafternoon. Guides, chairs and refreshments will be provided. Please bring apacked lunch.Free but booking essential.For participants taking part in sessions at the Scottish National Gallery ofModern Art, there will be a free taxi leaving from the Scottish NationalGallery on the Mound. If you would like to use this service please informgallery staff when you book.Ed Ruscha is widely regarded as one of the most significant artists workingtoday. This display will explore the artist’s fascination with West CoastAmerican culture. Including photographic series, paintings and drawings,this display will highlight the ways in which Ruscha has consistently drawnupon urban landscape and architecture, cinema, brands, automobile-cultureand language that refer and relate to Los Angeles and Hollywood to createworks that engage with the aspirations and seduction of the American Dream.
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Beyond CaravaggioWednesday 19 July, 10:15 am – 3:30 pmNational Galleries of ScotlandDescriptive 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 theafternoon. Guides, chairs and refreshments will be provided. Please bring apacked lunch.Free but booking essential.Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571 – 1610) was a radical andrevolutionary artist whose work had a transformative impact on art in Italyand beyond during his lifetime and in the decades following his prematuredeath. Brilliant, challenging, argumentative and violent, our image of hiswork is inseparable from his tumultuous personal life, which combinedsupport from several of the most discriminating patrons of the day, withrepeated appearances in the Roman law courts. In 1606 he murdered a manafter a quarrel over a game of tennis and spent the last four years of hislife as a fugitive, although he also produced his most profound and movingworks during this time.This is the first exhibition of works by Caravaggio and his followers – theso-called Caravaggesque painters – ever to be shown in Scotland.Caravaggio’s dramatic lighting and compositions, and his radically newapproach to subject matter, exerted a huge influence on a host ofcontemporary artists from all over Europe, many of them painters of the veryhighest calibre, such as Gentileschi, Ribera, Valentin and Ter Brugghen.
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Kirsty PatersonArts Access AssistantArtlink13a Spittal StreetEdinburghEH3 9DY
Tel: 0131 229 3555 Option1Artlink Edinburgh and the Lothians: SCO06845

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