Museum guides training course for the deaf


From 1 November 2016 to 31 October 2017


Garage Museum of Contemporary Art
Museum guides training course for the deafMuseum guides training course for the deaf


Course members will get an opportunity to work as part of a Moscow museum team.

For the past two years, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art has been running regular tours in Russian Sign Language for deaf and hard of hearing visitors. In 2016, with over 1,500 visitors having experienced these tours, Garage is launching a training course for deaf exhibition guides.  The yearlong course will prepare competent guides to run sign language tours in Russian art museums.

The course, offering an in-depth study of contemporary art and an introduction to museum work, will be tailored for deaf students, taking the differences in perception into account.

Entry requirements:

  1. We accept applications from students on humanities courses and recent graduates with a degree in humanities;
  2. A successful applicant will have a passion for contemporary art and be eager to share their knowledge with others;
  3. They will be willing to learn more about contemporary art and museology, as well as to work on their communication skills and eventually give tours in Russian Sign Language.

If you believe you meet the requirements above, please send a completed form to by November 4, 2016 (Subject: Museum guides training course for the deaf). Successful applicants will then be invited to an interview.

If you are not sure whether to apply, visit Garage on October 30 and a member of the team will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

From November 2016 to October 2017, students on the program will attend classes in contemporary art and museology, research and presentation workshops and a Russian Sign Language course. Students will be expected to work with additional texts and video materials out of class.

The group will consist of ten students selected through open call. Each student will receive a monthly stipend of 10,000 RUB during the course.