SELVIS members have recently enjoyed audio described tours at both Tate Modern and Tate Britain.
In place of our monthly Southwark group meeting for July we were invited to an exclusive audio described tour of Tate Modern’s exhibition Picasso 1932 – Love, Fame, Tragedy.
Before starting the tour we were treated to a delicious cream tea. Led by Marcus Dickey Horley, Curator of Public Programmes and Visitor Experience Manager we moved up to the exhibition space.
Marcus gave us an understanding of Picasso’s background and explained that the prolific amount of work in the exhibition were all painted in the same year spanning from January to December of 1932. Marcus chose several paintings to describe in detail, helping us to understand some of the abstract work. He also brought tactile raised images which we could follow along with the description. The images provided us with further depth to the descriptions and did not overload you with information.
SELVIS monthly Southwark group meetings are usually at John Harvard Library on Borough High Street. They take place on the fourth Wednesday in the month from 1pm to 3pm. Future dates are 26th September 24th October and 28th November.
Our next visit was to Tate Britain. We enjoyed another audio described tour, this time of The Squash, a specially commissioned sculpture exhibition.
Our tour was again led by Marcus who did another amazing job telling us about the exhibition space and giving us the opportunity to touch some of the sculptures. A key part to the exhibition is a dancer dressed in a squash-like costume. The performer has seven different outfits to choose from each day and spends time moving around the length of the gallery. We were all fascinated by Squash and were also able to touch the costume and the fabric of the outfit.
It has been fantastic to work with Marcus and The Tate for our visits. We look forward to continuing to work together.
There are audio described exhibitions at Tate Britain each month. Here are details of events to look forward to. Meet at The Manton foyer.
Monday 20th August at 10.30am for refreshments, tour starts at 11.00am
Another visit to All Too Human
Monday 17th September at 10.30am for refreshments, tour starts at 11.00am
A Common Ground: a tour of the responsive sculptures and vegetable gardens at Tate Britain which should have come nicely into harvest by mid-September.
A free picnic lunch in the garden will be provided after the tour