At the Gallery, we want to share our collection, exhibitions and events and our passion for art. Our range of access programs is aimed at engaging diverse audiences with different abilities.
Programs on demand
The following programs are available if booked at least two weeks in advance. Contact Public Programs.
Groups of visitors who are deaf who book at least two weeks in advance can be provided with Auslan interpreters free of charge.
Tactile and sensory tours
In Touch at the Gallery is our free program offering guided sensory tours for people who are blind or vision-impaired if booked at least two weeks in advance.
Take a journey through art and discover the stories and ideas surrounding unique objects. Experience the tactile qualities of bronze and marble, led by an experienced guide.
Selected sculptures in our collection are available to be explored through touch in our tour, The human body in 19th- and 20th-century sculpture. There is also a sensory trolley of tactile materials and props, which is used to support audio-descriptions of other artworks, and tours can incorporate an art-making workshop.
Available for groups or individuals.
Audio-described tours of the permanent galleries and temporary exhibitions are available for visitors who are blind or vision impaired if booked at least two weeks in advance.
Groups of visitors with intellectual disabilities are encouraged to contact the Gallery to discuss their needs. Tailored guided tours of the permanent displays are available free if booked at least two weeks in advance.
A structured program is available for people living with dementia and their carers.
The art and dementia program provides opportunities for meaningful and interactive engagement with artworks from the Gallery’s collection. It offers intellectual stimulation and encourages self-expression with an opportunity for participants to articulate their opinions about what they experience and to connect with their carers and new people. A creative ageing program, it also promotes lifelong learning and aims to reduce the stigma around dementia.
The program is available free for groups on any Thursday or Friday for one hour between 10.30am and 12pm if booked at least two weeks in advance.
We are also able to undertake a limited number of outreach visits to eligible community organisations who cannot access the Gallery, with tailored presentations exploring selected artworks.
Other community access
The Gallery and our collection can provide a stimulating and inspiring experience for seniors, including people with limited mobility and not-for-profit organisations that provide support for people with disabilities.
Tailored guided tours of the permanent galleries are available free if booked at least two weeks in advance. We are also able to undertake a limited number of outreach visits to eligible community organisations who cannot access the Gallery, with tailored presentations exploring selected artworks.
As well as programs for children who are vision impaired or hard of hearing, the Gallery has a program called Starting with Art for children with an intellectual disability. See access programs in Education
Archibald Prize 2017
We offer a range of events, including access programs.
Online you can view the artworks and read the labels for the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes. And for the Archibald, listen to audio labels and watch Auslan video with captions.
Available through the exhibition page on the Gallery’s website.
In the exhibition, use the free WiFi and mobile website m.artgallery.nsw.gov.au.
Or we recommend downloading Conexu’s free OpenAccess Tours app in advance, available from Apple’s App Store or Google Play.
Presented in collaboration with the Conexu Foundation.
Involving, informative and fun, Signing Art is our free program of Auslan-interpreted events for adults and children, held throughout the year. Selected Art After Hours events are also Auslan-interpreted.
See our calendar for scheduled events
Bookings and enquiries
Tel 02 9225 1740