Free Access Tour Exhibition

BSL Tour of Objects of Desire: Surrealism and Design 1924 – Today

Join the Objects of Desire British Sign Language Tour for D/deaf visitors.


What to expect

Join tourguide Edward Richards for a British Sign Language tour of Objects of Desire, a celebration of the central role of design within the Surrealist movement. Focusing on key design pieces and artworks from 1924 and beyond, this tour will explore how one of the 20th century's most influential movements came to impact design through its questioning of the conventional and its commitment to exploring the mind, unconscious and mystical, and how designers continue to uphold this ethos today.

Photos by Andy Stagg

Booking information

Free event. Pre-booking required.

Entry to the exhibition will be reduced at this time for relaxed hours access.

Please ensure you only book if you definitely plan to attend and cancel your booking in advance if your availability changes. If you are no longer able to attend, we ask that you contact the booking office to cancel your booking.

The tour is not translated from BSL. Please note due to limited capacity, this tour is not available for students of 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

Edward 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.

Explore the exhibition

Objects of Desire: Surrealism and Design 1924 – Today

Delve into the dreamlike relationship between Surrealism and design in this century spanning celebration of surrealist objects of desire.

Discover more

10 Unmissable Highlights from #ObjectsOfDesire

A fully functioning lobster telephone, a fur bracelet and a chair designed mid-air - explore the 10 unmissable highlights from our exhibition.

What is Surrealist design?

You've heard of Surrealism, Dalí, Magritte and Frida Kahlo, but what is Surrealist design? Why is a giant lips sofa or a table with bicycle wheels considered Surrealist? Subtitles available

Background and carousel images by Andy Stagg.