Political cartoons supported by mobile app

THE Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House has today launched its first stand-alone mobile app for the exhibition “Behind the Lines: the year’s best political cartoons”.

Mark Knight, "Titanic II" one of the curator's top 5.

Mark Knight, “Titanic II” one of the curator’s top 5.

The app has been developed with the Australian Communication Exchange and in a first for Australian museums, the app includes audio description of the exhibition’s cartoons.

The app also provides captioning in seven United Nations recognised languages including; Arabic, Spanish, French, Russian, Mandarin, English and Auslan.

Daryl Karp, Director of MoAD, said today, “Cutting edge accessible design provides inclusive and engaging opportunities for all visitors to the museum. Whether you have vision impairment, low vision, speak English as a second language or simply want an enhanced audio experience, the ‘Behind the Lines’ app proves that accessible design is good design for everyone.”

David Brady from the  Deafness Forum Board, added,  “This exhibition…is a shining example of what inclusive access could be for all museums across the country.”

The exhibition curator, Tanya Cleary, “Behind the Lines 2013” tells the tale “of three leaders, Gillard, Rudd and Abbott through broken parliamentary alliances, caucus instability, and leadership spills, prime ministerial changes, corruption scandals, cabinet reshuffles, policies and opinion polls.”

The exceedingly popular exhibition of over 80 cartoons is supported by a program of events, holiday workshops, music and comedy. Visit moadoph.gov.au fordates and details.

“Behind the Lines,” until November 2014 at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, Canberra.

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