Rosita McKenzie - Two Voices II; Botany Behind the Scenes

28 July - 14 October, 2007

Lower Ground Floor Gallery

Rosita McKenzie

Rosita McKenzie: "Spirit Bottle with Hand", colour photograph.

Presented to coincide with the Tercentany of the Swedish Botanist Carl Linnaeus (1707-1778), this was the second in a pioneering series of six exhibitions about the Garden based upon commissioned photographs by Rosita McKenzie, an artist and arts consultant, who is blind. These were accompanied by tactile (raised) images by Lara Latcham, who has specialised in developing ways of improving access to art for visually impaired people - and commentaries by Rosita McKenzie, Dr. David Harris (Curator of the Garden's Herbarium) and Paul Nesbitt (Director and Curator of Inverleith House).

Rosita McKenzie

Rosita McKenzie: "Library Desk", colour photograph. 

Rosita McKenzie

Rosita McKenzie: "Teaching Laboratory", colour photograph. 

Rosita McKenzie

Rosita McKenzie: "Herbarium Cabinets", colour photographs.

All work courtesy of the artist and the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. 


Rosita McKenzie in Conversation.
Saturdays, 11 August & 8 September.
Rosita McKenzie discussed her approach to taking photographs and access to art for visually impaired visitors, with Paul Nesbitt.

Garden Tours for Visually Impaired Visitors.
Sundays, 19 August & 2 September.
Jane Corrie (Garden Guide) led a tour of the Garden specially designed for those with visual impairments.

Edinburgh Art Festival Family Day.
Saturday, 11 August, 11am to 2pm.
Families were invited to make art to the Sounds of the Seventies with DJ Garth Cruickshank and find out how Herbarium specimens are made, with Jane Corrie. 

For further information about the exhibitions or events, please ask at the reception desk or contact Inverleith House. Telephone +44 (0) 131 248 2943, email

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