Audio description is also available to visual arts audiences with a new device called Discovery Pen. Using the pens audiences who are blind or visually impaired can explore the art works through descriptions, artists’ statements and curatorial statements.
The Discovery Pen is a light handheld device, about the size of an ice-cream cone and similar in shape. On the top is a raised dome covered with small perforations. This is the speaker. The pen, about fifteen centimetres in length, gradually narrows to a blunt point. To access the audio, the blunt point of the pen is pressed against data badges throughout the exhibition.
If you would like to find out more about Discovery Pens, contact:
Artist and Audience Manager
firstname.lastname@example.org or +353 1 8509002
Audio description using Discovery Pens during a visual art exhibition at Butler Gallery, Kilkenny