• Tactile Tour with Red Room Poet, Candy Royalle. Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2016. Photo Jess Wyld.
  • Tactile Tour with Red Room Poet, Candy Royalle. Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2016. Photo Jess Wyld.
  • Tactile Tour with Red Room Poet, Candy Royalle. Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2016. Photo Jess Wyld.

Tactile Tours

The demand and uptake for Tactile Tours, part of our Access and Inclusion program, continues to expand yearly since it was introduced in 2009.  This year 400 visitors and school students with various disability experienced a fee Tactile Tour and engaged with a selection of sculptures in the exhibition through touch and informed discussion with trained AGNSW Guides and Sculpture by the Sea Educators. The Tactile Tours also provide audio descriptions of works for people who are blind or visually impaired. For the tour with Blind Citizens NSW,  carefully constructed objective and informative written descriptions were provided before the visit and translated by their organisation into braille for the participants.

We were also very excited to pilot a ‘Sculpture and Poetry’ imitative in collaboration with The Red Room Company. Poet Candy Royalle worked with primary and secondary school students in their Focus Tours and also with a group of seniors with onset Alzheimer’s and Dementia during their Tactile Tour and created poetry with them based on their  responses to some of the sculpture they experienced. Watch this space for how this great project develops and the potential it unleashes!

Tactile Tours 2017

Visitors with disability and their carers are invited to participate in a free Tactile Tour of some of the sculpture in the exhibition with experienced guides. Individuals, school students and groups from disability service organisations are all encouraged to take up this opportunity.

Tactile Tours are designed to introduce visitors with disability to new ways of experiencing and enjoying contemporary sculpture through informed discussion and touch. The works selected for each tour have been nominated by both the Artists and the Sculpture by the Sea Site Manager as being safe to touch and are  in accessible areas.

Verbal descriptions of the sculpture visited during the tours are offered to participants who are blind or vision-impaired.

Times and Dates: weekdays (Mon 23 – Fri 27 Oct  and Mon 30 Oct – Fri 3 Nov) from 10am

Location: Marks Park

Duration: 60mins

Cost: Free

Further details and bookings will be available in July.

Contact: [email protected]

Call: 02 8399 0233

Transition to Work Program and ‘My Perspective’ Tours

2016 initiatives included working with young people from the Catholic Care transition to work program. Two young people worked with us in the our Surry Hills office once a week for two months pre exhibition and experienced and contributed towards the behind the scenes preparation that takes place in organising a huge cultural event like Sculpture by the Sea. Several other young people joined the volunteer program during exhibition and were supported and directed in delivering a ‘My Perspective Tour’  where they presented some of their favourite sculptures in public to Tactile Tour audiences.

The 2017 program will start in July in partnership with participants from BreakThru.

For further information please contact [email protected]

Auslan interpreted Aqualand Artist Talk Series

These insightful talks offered visitors to the chance to meet Artists and to hear their stories and perspectives about their work. From the comfort of an Aqualand bean bag, these talks were offered each Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the exhibition. We were very excited to have the public programs on Saturday 29 October and Saturday 5 November AUSLAN interpreted, thanks to the wonderful Bettina Girdler.

Dates for the 2017 AUSLAN interpreted Aqualand Artist Talks will be available in July. No bookings required.

Details about the Artists involved presenting their work be available nearer the exhibition.

For information contact [email protected]

A big thanks to the Federal Government Catalyst Fund, the James N Kirby Foundation and Waverley Small Grants for making the 2016  Access & Inclusion Program and Tactile Tours possible.