28th September 2007 at 01:00
The boast of a TV ad from the 1980s was that a particular Canadian airline was so good "you won't want to get off". The Travelling Gallery could claim the same thing about its exhibition, Access All Areas, which will be touring the country until December 7 and has already been seen in Caithness, Lewis and Harris, and Skye and Lochalsh.

The exhibition the second in the Travelling Gallery's new vehicle, which really does look just like a proper art gallery once you've stepped inside has been created with reference to visitors with sensory impairments, particularly visual ones. (Hearing loops, Braille and large print interpretations are in place.) During a trial run in Edinburgh, at the Royal Blind School, one pupil who had originally been reluctant to come inside, took even more persuading to get off again, because she was enjoying the exhibition so much.

To appreciate fully most of the work in Access All Areas, which features just six main pieces, hearing and feeling need to be brought into play, as well as looking. Sarah Kettley, for instance, has created a large work of art in the style of a bean bag, made from soft, knitted wool that can only be properly experienced if you wrap your arms around it and hug it. Listen closely and you can hear the purring of a contented cat coming from deep inside.

Rosita McKenzie is a blind photographer who took photographs, with a little assistance, of the mini pyramids being built on Portobello Beach this summer, across from her home. The exhibition features her fascinating visual and audio documentation of the pyramid project, as well as textured interpretations of a selection of her photographs.

Access All Areas is complemented by workshops and education materials. For further information: T 0131 529 3682; www.travellinggallery.com

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