Online Audio-description tour: Firelei Báez

Online Audio-description tour: Firelei Báez

Wednesday 26 May 2021
12:00pm BST


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Join Artes Mundi’s Engagement Producers and audio describer Anne Hornsby for an interactive and conversation-led tours of Artes Mundi 9. In this tour we will explore the work of Firelei Báez.


Designed for Blind and Visually Impaired people, each session will take place live on zoom and last for an hour with fifteen minutes for feedback at the end. At each event we will look at a selection of artworks or moments from the shortlisted Artes Mundi 9 artists, and your ideas and questions will be welcome throughout.

Audio descriptions will be made available to listen to after the events on


During the event we will have time to discuss four artworks presented in the Artes Mundi 9 exhibition by Firelei Báez.


Anne Hornsby is a pioneer of UK Audio Description, having introduced the second audio description service in England to the Octagon Theatre, Bolton,  in 1989.  She launched Mind’s Eye in 1992 to offer audio description for theatres, galleries, museums, dance, film festivals and online content.  She has won two awards for her work and is an accredited trainer. Prior to lockdown, she was audio describing over 100 events a year in addition to offering training on a regular basis.  She is very much looking forward to a return trip to Wales, albeit virtually, and expanding access to the exhibition.


Image description: A large painting hangs on a white wall. The painting shows a human-like figure that has thick brown hair all over her body, this is a Ciguapa. The figure is covered in white feathers, lush green foliage and brightly coloured flowers in pinks and purples. In the bottom third of the painting there are bright blue waves that the figure is walking into. The waves have been created by combining very dark blues with much lighter hues. On the canvas of the painting and appearing underneath the waves and the Ciguapa is an archival map which shows a fleet of military ships in the top right hand cover, a decorative fleur-de-lis on the left hand side, and a small illustration of the island of Bermuda right in the middle of the canvas.


Image Credit: Firelei Báez. Untitled (A Map of the British Empire in America), 2021. Oil and acrylic on archival printed canvas. Courtesy the artist and James Cohan, New York. Photography: Phoebe d’Heurle. Image use: David Rumsey Map Collection, David Rumsey Map Centre, Stanford Libraries