Under the auspices of their collaboration agreement, Fundación MAPFRE and Fundación CNSE, the foundation for the elimination of communication barriers, continue to work closely together on actions to encourage the participation of deaf people in artistic and cultural activities.
One way in which we strive to strengthen these ties is by offering exhibition tours for the deaf and hard of hearing at our Casa Garriga i Nogués hall.
All of these activities are free of charge and conducted for a maximum of 15 people. The group is accompanied by experienced specialist guides who have a voice amplifier so that they can also address the needs of people with some hearing. An official Catalan sign language interpreter also assists with the tour, specifically to liaise between the group members and the guide. Tours last approximately one hour. To sign up for a tour for the deaf or hard of hearing, please call 93 401 26 03 at least 24 hours in advance. This can also be done by means of this form.
We also offer sign language guides. These are portable multimedia devices equipped with a screen that plays a video in which a selection of the most prominent works in the exhibition are explained using sign language (in Spanish and Catalan) and subtitles.
These guides can be requested free of charge at the audio guide desk.
The exhibition spaces are spread across two floors (Floor 0 and Floor 1/Main Floor), accessed from the street and with an elevator inside the building for moving between floors. All of the spaces are generously sized, making it easy to tour the venue in a wheelchair.
On Level 0 there is a clearly indicated bathroom adapted for use by people with a disability. On the same floor there is also a wheelchair available, which can be requested from the security personnel at the entrance.
The workshop space at our Casa Garriga i Nogués Hall is not yet adapted for people with reduced mobility.
The Culture Area of Fundación MAPFRE is committed to ensuring greater accessibility to our activities. Fundación ONCE (National Organization of the Blind in Spain) has been working with us since 2010, helping us to improve the accessibility of our exhibitions and providing us with editions in Braille.
Our audio guides with audio descriptions consist of a script and production specifically created for the blind and partially sighted. The aim is to provide as much autonomy as possible inside the venue and to use description techniques to transform the images into sound explanations. This service will be available in Catalan and Spanish.
Guide dogs and assistance dogs , duly accredited, are allowed in our halls.