Free Access Tour Exhibition

BSL Tour of Ai Weiwei: Making Sense

Join guide Edward Richards for a special tour of the exhibition Ai Weiwei: Making Sense, delivered in British Sign Language.


Ai Weiwei, Glass Helmet, 2022. © Image courtesy Ai Weiwei Studio

What to expect

Edward Richards will lead a tour through the works of artist, activist and collector Ai Weiwei, presented as a commentary on design in relation to histories, memories and values. Through his engagement with material culture, Ai explores tensions between past and present, hand and machine, precious and worthless, construction and destruction.

The tour will take place in the ground floor gallery and surrounding grounds of the Design Museum.

Tour 11:00 – 12.15.
Handling session and refreshments 12:15 – 13:00.

Booking information

Free event. Pre-booking required.

Please ensure you only book if you plan to attend and please cancel your booking in advance if your availability changes.

Due to limited capacity, this tour is only for d/Deaf visitors who use British Sign Language. We are unable to accommodate hearing visitors who are learning British Sign Language.

Suitable Age: 16+


Whether you’re taking part in the dedicated Access programme or just popping in for a visit, the museum does everything it can to make sure your experience is enjoyable.


Edward Richards

Richards studied Graphic Design at Camberwell College of Arts and since 2002 has enjoyed delivering British Sign Language tours in Museums and Galleries to the Deaf community. He has also given socio-documentary photography talks on artists including Robert Frank and Elton John’s ‘The Radical Eye’ exhibition at Tate Modern.

The exhibition

Ai Weiwei: Making Sense

The artist's first exhibition focusing on design will mix recent works with commissioned pieces inviting us into a meditation on value and humanity, art and activism. Tickets on sale.

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Background image: Ai Weiwei, Marble Toilet Paper , 2020. © Image courtesy Ai Weiwei Studio