The Gallery has a range of free services and programs for visitors with disability.
SEPTEMBER DISABILITY PROGRAM
During the month of September, the gallery offers additional programs for visitors with disability to acknowledge awareness events within the community. Book a tailored tour, attend an out of hours low sensory exhibition viewing and more.
EUROPEAN MASTERPIECES FROM THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART, NEW YORK
There are many ways to experience the European Masterpieces exhibition.
The mobile companion site (tablet or smart phone) features information about each artwork along with self guided tours with Audio Description, Auslan translation and Closed Captions. Bring your headphones so you can listen or view on your own device. Visit www.metgoma.art or scan the QR code onsite.
Engage your senses to explore two masterpieces through touch and sound. Tactile interpretations of two exhibition artworks were created using photo manipulation and 3D software. Feel the surface to explore the image and listen to the audio description to hear a narration of the visual elements.
A braille exhibition guide with tactual floorplan is available for borrowing during an exhibition visit. Ask at the ticket desk on arrival. A large print digital version is also available in PDF and Word format.
Scroll down this page to read about low sensory, relaxed events in September 2021 associated with the 'European Masterpieces' exhibition.
Customised volunteer guided tours are available on weekdays for visitors with disability. At least 15 days notice is required and tours are subject to availability. For more information contact the Group Bookings Office or telephone (07) 3840 7255.
ART AND DEMENTIA PROGRAM
This Free program is available for visitors with dementia and their family member, carer or support worker. The tour provides participants with a dementia-friendly community experience which is based around reminiscence, validation and socialisation. Specialised art making is also available which aims to further enhance social interaction, well-being and mood, plus support independence.
Learn more about QAGOMA’s Art and Dementia Program or listen to a tour.
Bookings in advance are required and are subject to availability and tour capacity.
Tours are suitable for people living at home*, for community and day respite groups or residential aged care homes. At least 15 days' booking notice is required for groups. Contact the Group Bookings Office or telephone (07) 3840 7255 to arrange a booking.
*Travel assistance may be available for people living at home within the Brisbane metropolitan area.
Volunteer guides conduct customised tours for visitors with disability and booked special interest groups. Our Group Bookings Office team can help you plan your visit and explain how we can tailor a tour specific to your needs or for those in your care. Tours for visitors with disability are scheduled between February and November and are free unless otherwise advertised. Additional programs for visitors with disability are offered during September each year to co-incide with awareness events within the community. Continue reading to find out about specific tours or visit the Events calendar.
These free tours for Deaf visitors are scheduled on the last Sunday of the month from January to November. Our volunteer guide is accompanied by a NAATI accredited Auslan interpreter. For information about upcoming Auslan interpreted programs, continue to the bottom of this page or send an email.
Visitors with a cochlear implant, hearing aid or hearing loss are invited to join a small group tour to explore featured exhibitions or selected artworks. Assistive listening devices (FM system) are available. Tours are scheduled once a month from February to November and are provided subject to availability. A minimum of 2 business days' booking notice is required. To book, contact the Group Bookings Office between 8.30am and 4.00pm Monday to Friday T: +61 (0)7 3840 7255.
Low vision or no vision
Audio-described tours offer a narrated description of the visual elements of selected artworks. Tours are available on weekdays from February to November for small groups and individuals. Advance booking notice of 15 days is required. To book, contact the Group Bookings Office between 8.30am and 4.00pm Monday to Friday T: +61 (0)7 3840 7255.
Physical and/or cognitive impairment
These tours are suited to small groups and are tailored to the needs of the group members. Advance booking notice of 15 days is required. For more information or to make a booking, contact the Group Bookings Office between 8.30am and 4.00pm Monday to Friday T: +61 (0)7 3840 7255.
LOW SENSORY EVENTS
On selected days throughout the year, visitors with Autism, sensory sensitivity or disability are invited to experience the gallery in a relaxed environment, and where possible, outside of usual gallery hours. These events are generally scheduled to co-incide with major exhibitions or awareness days within the community. Volumes within the gallery are lowered or turned off where possible. High sensory areas are signposted and quiet zones are available. An information sheet and sensory floorplans are developed to assist with planning a visit.
The next low sensory viewings are in September 2021. View the information sheet and floorplan.
Wed 15 Sept 2021 | 5.15pm - 7.00pm | 'European Masterpieces' | GOMA | Ticket required
Tue 21 Sep 2021 | 8.30am - 10.00am | 'European Masterpieces' | GOMA | Ticket required
Tue 21 Sep 2021 | 8.30am - 10.00am | 'The Gifting Tree' | GOMA | Children's Art Centre exhibition | Free
Outside of scheduled events, the most popular visit times for school groups is between 10.00am and 1.30pm in school term. On most days the gallery is usually less crowded later in the day.
For more information, email the Group Bookings Office or telephone (07) 3840 7255. Scroll to the bottom of this page to read more about QAGOMA's approach to low sensory viewings.
Auslan Interpreted and Captioned Videos
Selected videos relating to current and past exhibitions and artworks in our Collection are available with Auslan interpretation and captions. Many virtual programs also feature Auslan translation and captions. Search for the 'Auslan' playlist on QAGOMA YouTube.
Parking bays for visitors with disability are located in the car parks situated within the Cultural Precinct. A temporary set down area for Australian Disability Parking Scheme permit holders is located on Stanley Place for drop off and pick up only.
Mobility impaired and wheelchair access is available to both the Queensland Art Gallery (QAG) and Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA). At QAG wheelchair access is via the lift on the Upper Level of the QAG car park, via ramps at the front entrance from Melbourne Street, or via the Street Level entrance on Stanley Place, located between both buildings. GOMA wheelchair access is via the street level entrance on Stanley Place or via the lift from the Stanley Place car park beneath the State Library of Queensland.
We welcome guide dogs and registered assistance dogs at QAGOMA.
A hearing loop system is installed in the Australian Cinémathèque at GOMA. Head phones or neck loops are available for visitors with cochlear implants or hearing aids.
Carers and support workers
Admission to QAGOMA and its exhibitions, screenings, programs and events is free unless otherwise stated. Where applicable, a carer or support worker accompanying a visitor with disability is admitted free on presentation of a Companion Card.
A scooter is available free of charge for use during a QAGOMA visit. At least 24 hours advance notice is required. To secure a booking, contact the information desk between 10.00am and 5.00pm T: +61 (0)7 3840 7303. Conditions apply, subject to availability.
Wheelchairs are available free of charge for use during a QAGOMA visit. To secure a booking for a wheelchair, contact the Information Desk between 10am and 5pm. T: +61 (0)7 3840 7303