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A Meeting of the School Trustees

Robert Harris
A Meeting of the School Trustees (Detail), 1885
oil on canvas
102.2 x 126.5 cm
Purchased 1886
National Gallery of Canada (no. 6)

Audioguides

Bell Audioguides Discover the story behind some of our key works thanks to our easy-to-use digital audioguides. Audio tours are offered for visitors of all ages and in 5 different languages. Tours can be followed in any order and at your own pace. Some tours are accompanied by a map showing the locations of the works and their stop numbers. Please note that some works may not be on view at all times. Available in the Great Hall. Cost: $6 each.

NGC Collections Audio Tour
Available in English, French, Spanish, German and Mandarin.
This tour surveys the National Gallery of Canada Collections and highlights key works of Canadian, American, European, Asian, and Contemporary arts. NEW! Recent updates to the German, Spanish and Mandarin versions of the NGC Collections Audio Tour improve the visitor experience and make exploring the NGC Collections in these languages more enjoyable than ever.

NEW! Director’s Audio Tour
Available in English and in French.
Join Marc Mayer, Director of the National Gallery of Canada, as he talks about some of his favourite works in Canada’s art collection, sharing the stories and ideas behind them from his unique perspective. Listen to an excerpt.

NEW! Frames Audio Tour
Available in English and in French.
Join Christopher Etheridge and Anabelle Kienle Ponka, curators in the Department of European and American Art, and Robert Roch, Senior Framer, as they show how frames offer a window onto the past and tell fascinating stories about paintings and the history of taste. Listen to an excerpt.

Religious Imagery audio tour.
Available in English and in French.
Join Father Ingram, a Roman Catholic priest and theologian as he speaks about works selected for their strong religious significance, and discover what meaning they had – and still have – for persons who profess the Christian faith. Listen to an excerpt.

Fashion and Textiles audio tour.
Available in English and in French.
Join Alexandra Palmer, textile and fashion historian, as she explains how artists, patrons and viewers would have seen the fashions depicted in selected works, not only in terms of style but as signs of social, cultural and economic differences. Listen to an excerpt.

Plants and Gardens audio tour.
Available in English and in French.
Join gardener Sharilyn J. Ingram as she speaks about the plants depicted, garden design, ecology or the symbolic meaning of plants in selected works. Listen to an excerpt.

Canadian History audio tour.
Available in English and in French.
Tour the Canadian art collection with Charlotte Gray, one of Canada’s best-known writers, as she brings to life some of the people, events and stories in and around her favourite artworks.
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Dashan Audio Tour
Available in Mandarin only.
Dashan, AKA Mark Rowswell, has been called "the most famous foreigner in China", where he has worked as performer, television host and cultural ambassador for over 20 years.
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Children's Audio Tour
Available in English and in French.
Join two friends, Paul and Marie, on their visit to the Gallery. They tell stories about their favourite artworks and discover other paintings and sculptures for the first time. Follow along as they look carefully, search for clues, and make sense of the artworks.
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Verbal Descriptions Audio Tour
Available in English and in French.
This tour helps make key artworks in the Gallery's collection accessible to visitors who are blind or partially sighted. Use the verbal descriptions to help you create a mental image of the artworks.
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