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Audio description project

Judith Wright with Barbara Blackman
Judith Wright with Barbara Blackman, c. 1956 Charles Blackman OBE. © Charles Blackman/Copyright Agency, 2021

Audio described portraits

Hear and read detailed audio descriptions of artworks from our Collection as we turn the visual into the verbal. Each artwork on this website with an AD icon is accompanied by an audio recording and description transcript. Some portraits also have additional material, such as Portrait Story videos, Portrait Magazine articles and recordings from our In their own words audio app.

About the project

Audio descriptions offer an understanding of what’s being represented visually; creating equal access to arts and cultural experiences for people who are blind or have low vision. They can also be enjoyed by all visitors, offering a slow and close-looking experience for anyone interested in art.

This project began in 2019 when our staff undertook immersive training with Access2Arts in how to write audio descriptions. This collaboration continues with descriptions written by our trained staff and edited by Access2Arts.

We’re committed to providing a welcoming and accessible experience for all our visitors both online and onsite. To do this, we’ll continue to add new audio descriptions to our website, deliver face-to-face tours and develop a new app for onsite or outreach visitors so they can access all available audio material.

We welcome feedback on all our programs, and advice on how they can be further developed to make them accessible to more people.

Acknowledgements

The National Portrait Gallery warmly thanks Access2Arts for their training, editing and recording support.

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders past and present. We respectfully advise that this site includes works by, images of, names of, voices of and references to deceased people.

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