A visually impaired participant handles Ernst Barlach The Avenger 1914 while on a touch tour at Tate Modern

A visually impaired participant handles Ernst Barlach The Avenger 1914 while on a touch tour at Tate Modern

© Masayo Matsuda

Touch tours at Tate Modern introduce visually impaired visitors to the thematic arrangement of the displays. The tours engage with the ideas, materials and techniques of modern and contemporary art.

Explore artworks by theme

Tours typically include a sculpture that can be explored through direct handling, and a number of other two and three-dimensional works which are explored using a combination of raised images, handling objects, description and discussion.

There are four tours to choose from. Each one is based in a single suite of Tate Modern. The content of the tours changes as the displays change; the following descriptions are a guide to what you can expect from each tour.

Poetry and dream

Focuses on artists for whom the subconscious mind and the interpretation of dreams played an important role in their creative work. Works from the Surrealist collection will be included.

States of flux

Deals with artists who developed a dynamic and fractured visual language to represent the complex reality of modern life.

Energy and process

Looks at artists’ interest in transformation and natural forces.

Deafblind tours

We can now offer bespoke touch tours to deafblind visitors.

Book a touch tour

  • Tours can be given at any time during normal gallery opening hours
  • We ask that visitors book at least a week in advance, although it may be possible to arrange tours at shorter notice
  • To book call +44 (0)20 7401 5113
  • To discuss arrangements for a tour call +44 (0)20 7401 5114

Tate Audio is sponsored by Bloomberg

The Clore Information Room is supported by the Clore Duffield Foundation