Described Tour | BC Access Awareness Day

Saturday June 1, 2019 at the Vancouver Art Gallery, 750 Hornby Street, Vancouver | Map

Celebrate BC Access Awareness Day at the Vancouver Art Gallery with a full day of free activities! 

10:30 to 11:45 am – Described Tour of Moving Still: Performative Photography in India.

This exhibition explores themes of migration, gender, religion and national identity through the lens of performative photography and focuses on the photo-based practices of contemporary artists who are rooted in the diversity of cultures within the country, while at the same time engaging in a global dialogue.

Noon to 3:00 pm – Open House Reception and Sensory Tour in the Annex

Take part in engaging tactile activities facilitated by the Gallery’s Art Educators, while enjoying light refreshments and mingling with guests. Activities will include an introduction to a selection of sculptural materials, as well as a discussion about how these materials are used by artists and conserved by museums.

2:00 to 3:00 pm – Artist Talk in the Rotunda in partnership with the Indian Summer Festival

Join Vancouver-based artist Sandeep Johal and local writer and co-founder of the Indian Summer Festival, Sirish Rao for a descriptive tour and discussion of the space to conclude the Gallery’s BC Access Awareness Day celebrations.

Admission is free for visitors with sight loss and their companion. Please contact to reserve your spot. Join us for the full day or drop in on the hour. Pick up your free admission badge at the registration desk in the lobby beside the Coat Check. The Open House is free to the public.

Vancouver Art Gallery Educators have been specially trained by VocalEye in visual description techniques that complement their backgrounds in art history and material practice. Educators will provide in-depth information about historical context, artistic conventions and interpretive trends as they relate to observable aesthetic characteristics and the exhibition’s core ideas. The tour will highlight a selection of work from this exhibit.

VocalEye’s Sighted Guides are available to meet adults with vision loss (18 years of age and over) at the Burrard Sky Train station and accompany them to and from the Gallery. To arrange a Sighted Guide meet-up, please contact Donna at least 3 days in advance:

The Vancouver Art Gallery is wheelchair accessible. Wheelchairs are also available on site for visitor use and may be reserved in advance by calling 604-662-4700.

Preview the feature exhibit in this article NUVO Magazine:
Moving Still: performative photography in India at the Vancouver Art Gallery

Meet Vancouver Art Gallery conservator Tara Fraser in this article from The Tyee:
What Goes On in the Hidden Bowels of Vancouver’s Art Gallery?