Sally Booth leads a creative sculpture workshop at Leeds Art Gallery, for VocalEyes and Art UK Sculpture

Art UK: 25 audio-described sculptures from around the country

Art UK Sculpture was a national, four-year project, culminating in 2021, to document and increase access to the UK’s publicly-owned sculpture. As project partners, VocalEyes worked with museums and galleries across the UK, delivering audio description training for staff and volunteers, running accessible, creative workshops for visitors with sight loss, and co-producing a set of recorded audio descriptions.

We collaborated with 25 museums and galleries to create audio descriptions of standout sculptural works from their collections. With guidance for selecting their work and writing description, each venue produced scripts, which we helped hone, then record. The result is a rich set of descriptions representing a diversity of regions, artists, eras and mediums, which we hope will further develop connections between audiences and museums and galleries across the UK. The full playlist is below and available on Art UK’s website.

North and West Scotland, Inverness Museums and Galleries, Alexander Munro, Kenneth Matheson, 1861


East Scotland, Hospitalfield, William Henry Rinehart, Clytie, 1874



Edimburgh and Southern Scotland, City Art Centre in Edimburgh, Lizzie Farey, Aerie, 2011



North England, Durham University Collections – Oriental Museum, Ancient Egyptian servant girl, 1360 BC


Yorkshire, Sheffield Museums, Edna Manley, Eve, 1929


North West England, National Museums Liverpool – Walker Art Gallery, John Gibson, The Tinted Venus, 1851-56



East Midlands, Nottingham Museums, Kate Malone, Gigantic Pumpkin, 2008



North, Mid and West Wales, MOMA Machynlleth, Ben Jones, Dinorwig, 2018-19



East Central England, The Higgins Bedford, Dame Barbara Hepworth, Four Figures Waiting, 1968


East of England, Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery, Dame Elisabeth Frink, Boar, 1957



South West England, The Holburne Museum in Bath, Antonio Susini, Crouching Venus, 1600


Southern England, Portsmouth Museum, Peter Palmer, Portrait of Peter, 1970-72


South East England, Maidstone Museum, John Thomas, Lady Godiva on Horseback, 1861


North and East London, Estorick Collection, Medardo Rosso, Impressions of the Boulevard: Woman with a Veil, 1893


West London, Royal College of Music Museum, Prince Victor, Graf von Gleichen, Prince Edward of Wales, 1891


South London, Horniman Museum and Gardens, Taslim Martin, Blue Earth 1807-2007, 2007


London – Westminster and City, UCL Culture, Rachel Whiteread, Untitled (Slade Pinboard), 2018


London, National Collections – Royal Academy, After Glycon, Cast of the Farnese Hercules, 1790



London, National Collections – Anglesey Abbey (National Trust), Harriet Godue Hosmer, Sleeping Faun, after 1865


Image: Sally Booth leads a creative sculpture workshop at Leeds Art Gallery, for VocalEyes and Art UK Sculpture