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The Gallery offers a programme of monthly tours on the second Friday of every month at 19.30. These tours are led in BSL with interpretation into English where indicated.

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Upcoming BSL events

Events (4)

BSL Tour: Florence Nightingale at 200

BSL Tour: Florence Nightingale at 200

  • Talks and Lectures||Friday Lates
  • BSL

A part of Friday Lates
13 March 2020, 19:30
Meet in the Main Hall
Free

Alan Murray leads a tour of the Gallery's display marking 200 years since the birth of Florence Nightingale.


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BSL Tour: David Hockney: Drawing from Life

BSL Tour: David Hockney: Drawing from Life

  • Talks and Lectures||Friday Lates
  • BSL

A part of Friday Lates
10 April 2020, 19:30
Meet in the Main Hall
Free

Chisato Minamimura leads a tour of the Gallery's new major exhibition David Hockney: Drawing from Life, which explores Hockney as a draughtsman from the 1950s to the present by focusing on depictions of himself and a small group of sitters close to him. Led in British Sign Language (BSL).


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BSL Tour: Cecil Beaton’s Bright Young Things

BSL Tour: Cecil Beaton’s Bright Young Things

  • Talks and Lectures||Friday Lates
  • BSL

A part of Friday Lates
8 May 2020, 19:30
Meet in the Main Hall
Free

Join Serena Cant for a tour of our major exhibition which explores the extravagant world of the glamorous and stylish 'Bright Young Things' of the twenties and thirties, seen through the eye of the renowned British photographer Cecil Beaton. Led in British Sign Language (BSL).


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BSL Tour: BP Portrait Award 2020

BSL Tour: BP Portrait Award 2020

  • Talks and Lectures||Friday Lates
  • BSL

A part of Friday Lates
12 June 2020, 19:30
Meet in the Main Hall
Free

John Wilson leads a tour of this year's BP Portrait Award exhibition, which celebrates the very best in contemporary portrait painting from around the world. Led in British Sign Language.


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