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Painting with Words

Painting with Words


  • ISL Interpreted
  • Speech to Text

Venue: Online

11–20 October 2021

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Anne Hornsby, a pioneer of British Audio Description and Director of Mind’s Eye Description, invites you to take part in a series of four intensive training sessions to explore audio description and access for visitors to museums and galleries who are blind or visually impaired.

Taking place on Monday 11, Tuesday 12, Monday 18, and Wednesday 20 October 2021 from 2-4pm IST, each training session will be a mix of listening and practical activity.

The training aims to:

  • introduce and practise specific skills needed for description in the museum and gallery environment;
  • refresh participants on etiquette when working with blind and partially-sighted visitors and to explore how best to meet their needs;
  • look more broadly at access provision in this sector for visually impaired visitors;
  • discuss best practises in offering services, and finding audiences for them;
  • familiarise ourselves with the various options available;
  • build confidence when working in this area;
  • share past and current approaches and to learn from each other;
  • and tackle the practical and logistical areas of consideration.

Due to limited capacity, this Workshop will be restricted to one participant per arts and cultural organisation and registration is €90. Register here.

Note: All times advertised are in Irish Summer Time GMT+1 (IST).

If you have any access requirements including captions or sign language interpretation, please contact Síle Stewart, Event Manager, by emailing sile@adiarts.ie by Friday 24 September 2021 and we will do everything we can to accommodate your needs.

Mind’s Eye Description provides description for drama, opera, ballet, museums and galleries. Online or live, our description engages the listeners and ensures equality of access.

Established in 1992 by Anne Hornsby, Mind’s Eye provides Audio Description for 200 events per year, for over 1,000 people who are blind and visually impaired.

Mind’s Eye received two major awards from ABP America and the Manchester Theatre Awards, plus nominations from RNIB and Henshaws.

Find out more about Mind’s Eye Description here.

Irish Sign Language (ISL) is the sign language used in the republic of Ireland. The language makes use of space and involves movement of hands, body, face and head. A sign language interpreter interprets what a person says or signs simultaneously, or immediately afterwards.

Speech to Text is a process of converting speech into text.