A number of major art galleries, museums, live theatres and cinemas offer at least one audio described show or exhibition tour within a season. Galleries and museums may also provide self-guiding devices, similar to smart phones, which describe art or museum exhibits to individual visitors who are blind or have low vision.
Many cinemas provide audio described films at designated showings. Audio description is embedded in the films. Patrons can hear the description through a headset which is given out when tickets are purchased. More information is available at Media Access Australia.
In 2020 ABC and SBS TV are offering 14 hours of audio description daily
A number of Melbourne live theatres and companies regularly offer audio-described shows. A trained Audio describer transmits a description of the visual elements of the performance through a radio transmitter. The audience has a receiver device and earplugs or headphones These include the Malthouse, the Melbourne Theatre Company, The Victorian Opera and the Australian Opera. There are links to their access pages at the end of this fact sheet.
Art Galleries and museums
The Audio describer is usually in a more direct role, describing exhibits to visitors, usually on a designated tour of an exhibition. Currently, the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) offers audio-described tours on request and at other times. Other art galleries are just beginning to offer them. The NGV has recently produced an innovative online, audio described experience of artworks from the NGV, during the Covid 19 crisis.