App opens Edinburgh gallery to disabled art lovers
The gallery and studio Edinburgh Printmakers is welcoming a new audience, the disabled, thanks to new technology.
The gallery is using a new computer platform, Welcome, developed by former guide dog instructor Gavin Neate (seen here with a visitor to the gallery), which allows users to contact venues ahead of a visit to request support and give details of requirements.
The venue has seen a boost in visitor numbers, and of return visits by disabled art lovers including those with guide dogs.
“We’ve seen a steady increase in footfall and the feedback from both our visitors and staff has been really encouraging” said Molly Soar, Edinburgh Printmakers’ sales manager. “The app has also established a group of regular customers who met through the app and now return to experience the new exhibits.
“It is lovely to watch new friendships being made through art, and for new places to be opened up through Welcome. The app doesn’t just break down the physical barriers to exploring a new place, it makes the environment more socially accessible and welcoming.”