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Access in the arts in the United Kingdom

Audio description for theatre in the UK is mainly provided by Vocal Eyes, with some local volunteers covering other sites. Most of the performances are in London, with some in other venues across the country.

From 2007 - 2010 Vocal Eyes undertook a collaborative United Kingdom Arts Council-funded project with Stagetext, the United Kingdom's premier theatre captioning provider.

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What is audio description?

Audio description is the auditory narration of visual representations such as television programs, films and live performances. During gaps in dialogue, it describes visual elements such as scenes, settings, actions and costumes..

Audio description is found on TV and DVDs as a separate language track or is accessed by using audio description equipment at a cinema or live performance.

It is particularly beneficial to people who are blind and vision impaired and people with print, learning and physical disabilities.

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MCA offers audio described tour of Annie Liebovitz exhibition

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The Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) in Sydney is offering an audio described tour of the exhibition ‘Annie Leibovitz: A Photographer's Life 1990 – 2005’.

This is due to a demand for the very popular international exhibition to offer audio description services for the blind and vision impaired.

The free tour is with Judith Blackall, MCA Head of Artistic Programs, and is scheduled for 27 February from 2pm - 3pm. Bookings are essential and can be made by contacting the MCA on 02 9245 2484 or by emailing e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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Music for the hearing impaired


Interior Design: Music for the Bionic Ear, a piece of music designed for people with hearing impairments, opens in February at the Fairfax Theatre, Arts Centre, in Melbourne.

The performance has been designed specifically for communicating music through cochlear implants that traditionally are unable to discern between music and generic sound.

Sound artist and composer Robin Fox led the team commissioned to create the composition, which was funded by the Australian Network for Art and Technology and run by Melbourne's Bionic Ear Institute, according to a report published in The Age online.

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