Overseas Trainers' Workshop: Audio Description for Exhibits and Environment

Event Category : ADAHK Programmes、Visual Arts、Workshops

Overseas Trainer: Celia Hughes


Celia Hughes
Executive Director, VSA Texas; Co-founder, Audio Description Coalition


This interactive workshop allows participants to discover the essential knowledge and skills that apply to the verbal description of visual art and museum exhibits. Working in small groups, you will learn the practical application of these core skills through participatory exercises, lectures and demonstrations. Based on the Audio Description Coalition’s training curriculum developed in 2011 by an international committee of professionals, this training is structured to accommodate describers at all levels of expertise--from beginners who have never tried audio description to experienced describers who want to expand their existing skills. Tactile tours and auditory cues will also be discussed as an addition to audio description tours.


Audio description is a powerful tool for making visual information accessible to people who are blind or have low vision, and understanding the principles and techniques of audio description helps describers, curators, museum staff and artists provide visual information in a more accessible way.


Taster Workshop (Course Ref.: TT_CH2014_003)

In this workshop, participants will:

  • Learn about the fundamentals of audio description
  • Practise ways to assist people with visual impairment
  • Experience audio description in several arts disciplines
  • Discuss ways to further their learning and practice

Date:  6 June 2014 (Fri)
Time:  19:00 – 22:00
Target:  No prior experience required. We welcome anyone who is interested in audio description and would like to know how to support people with visual impairment in their daily lives.
Fee:  HKD120


Basic Workshop (Course Ref.: TT_CH2014_004)

In this workshop, participants will:

  • Learn the core skills of audio description
  • Learn the essentials of tactile and auditory tours
  • Apply these skills to visual art and museum exhibits
  • Plan the next steps in your professional development as an audio describer

Date:  7 & 8 June 2014 (Sat & Sun)
Time:  10:00 – 19:00 (1 hour mealtime inclusive)
Target:  Anyone interested in audio description for visual arts, no prior experience required.
Fee:  HKD700


Advanced Workshop (Course Ref.: TT_CH2014_005)

In this workshop, participants will:

  • Research exhibits and art work
  • Write description for exhibits and environments
  • Receive group and individual coaching
  • Create tactile experiences and auditory supplements
  • Plan the next steps in your professional development as an audio describer

Date & Time (1 hour mealtime inclusive)
31 May 2014 (Sat)   10:00 – 18:00
1 June 2014 (Sun)   10:00 – 18:00
2 June 2014 (Mon)   10:00 – 17:00
Target:  Audio describers who want to strengthen skills in describing visual art, exhibits and environments. Please state in your application experience in audio description. Those who have completed basic training with JCAASC before will have priority.
Fee:  HKD850


Public Seminar (Course Ref.: TT_CH2014_006)

In this seminar, participants will:

  • Experience audio description
  • Learn who benefits from description
  • Explore basic steps to effective communication
  • Discuss ways to reach new audiences

Date:  5 June 2014 (Thu)
Time: 19:30 – 21:30
Target: Anyone interested in audio description for exhibits and environment, especially for artists, arts administrators and people with visual impairment.
Fee:  Free admission (Advance reservation by phone / email is required)


About the Trainer

Celia Hughes
Executive Director, VSA Texas; Co-founder, Audio Description Coalition

For over 15 years Celia Hughes has described hundreds of visual events. Through her work as Executive Director of VSA Texas and Chair of the VSA Affiliate Council, she has helped launch and expand audio description programmes in Texas, Vermont, Minnesota, Florida, Pennsylvania, Missouri, and North Carolina. Celia is co-founder of the Audio Description Coalition (ADC), an international group of individuals dedicated to the professional advancement of audio description in the areas of recreation, employment and culture, and also participates with the Audio Description Project of the American Council of the Blind. She served on the ADC curriculum committee that produced the current Audio Description Capacity Building Workshop, and specifically developed the training for describing visual art. In 2001, Ms. Hughes produced the 5-part video training series, 'The Art of Audio Description'. She is a dynamic trainer who inspires people to strengthen their powers of observation and hone their communication skills to deliver effective verbal description.



  • Language: The above activities will be conducted in English, supplemented with Cantonese simultaneous interpretation
  • Venue: Jockey Club Arts Accessibility Service Centre
    (L8-02, JCCAC, 30 Pak Tin Street, Shek Kip Mei, Kowloon)
  • Please email to enquiry@jcaasc.hk to request for application form in English
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