Host Rachel Massey at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park writes of their Slow Art Day 2017 experience,
“YSP launched Mindful Moments on Slow Art Day, inviting 10 people to a private one hour viewing of Tony Cragg’s A Rare Category of Objects. Participants were invited to focus their attention on five specially selected sculptures and given cards with guidance and suggestions for mindful viewing – they were encouraged to close their eyes on arrival and before departing from each art work, allowing time for the experience to settle, perhaps noticing sensations in their body to help ground them in the moment.
Invitations for ways to view the work included, “Notice the edges of the piece. Take time to trace the edges with your eyes. Move very close to the piece and look slowly. Move further away – what do you see now?”
The atmosphere in the gallery was tranquil, yet there was a sense of intent focus and quiet energy. People moved reverentially around the space, but felt comfortable to lie on the floor, crawl around and under sculptures, move their bodies in response to the shapes.
This was followed with a delicious breakfast of tea coffee and pastries in the restaurant and conversation about the experience.”
“Slow Art Day at YSP was truly the best way to start the weekend. We’re spending the day here, and we will do it differently after that.”
“If I’d gone on a normal visit I wouldn’t have even looked at that sculpture. Now I feel a real connection to it and it’s my favourite one.”
“All my ideas about the work changed as I looked at it longer.”
“A great privilege to have this private experience with a sculpture.”
Host Pauliina Nyqvist of the Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art in Turku, Finland writes of their Slow Art Day 2017 experience:
“Our Slow Art Day went well, even though there was only few attendants. We took a close look at a small selection of sculptures by iconic Finnish artist Wäinö Aaltonen and had some eye-opening discussions. We added our own touch to the Slow Art Day program by giving the option to draw the sculptures while looking. That appeared to be a very good idea.”
Another Slow Art Day has come and gone! We loved seeing and hearing all about your experiences this year and hope you’ll join us again for Slow Art Day 2018 (on Saturday, April 14)!
Although the Slow Art Day team is based out of the United States, and got its start at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, we’ve been thrilled to see Slow Art Day spread around the globe and flourish across continents. Every year we have fun tallying up the total number of events as well as the countries, cities and states represented on our host list. So without further ado, Slow Art Day 2017 by the numbers:
- 196 total events
- Events in 21 different countries
- Events in 32 US states
- After the US, the country with the most Slow Art Day events was Belgium, with 12 events!
- The US state with the most Slow Art Day events was Florida, with 11 events!
- The individual city with the most Slow Art Day events was Antwerp, Belgium with 5 events!
- 95 of our hosts (almost half) were brand new to Slow Art Day and had never hosted a Slow Art Day event before.
- On the other hand, 13 of our hosts hosted their FIFTH Slow Art Day event this year – they’ve hosted every year since 2013! Special shout out to The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum; the National Portrait Gallery of Australia; the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art; the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts; the McMaster Museum of Art; the Portland Art Museum; La Macina di San Cresci; Gray Loft Gallery; Tom Thomson Art Gallery; the Springfield Art Museum; Toledo Museum of Art; the Cincinnati Art Museum; and the Birmingham Museum of Art.
As every year, we’re enormously grateful to our dedicated and engaged host community. Without their hard work and efforts, Slow Art Day would not be possible.
Host Lieve Raymaekers at BOZAR in Brussels, Belgium writes of their Slow Art Day 2017 experience,
It was again (our second) great experience. Very mindful and peaceful, joyful…We started with a group meditation of 5 minutes around a Pol Bury fountain. We walked in silence throughout the exhibition before starting the slow looking exercises. The guides used hourglasses to measure the time and bell to mark the beginning and end of each exercise. The participants chose works themselves to look at. Most works of Pol Bury move very slowly and in unexpected ways. They invite you to look slowly and take your time. The drawing exercise – choose one work to draw (what you see, feel, imagine…) for 10 minutes – worked very well. The discussions after each exercise and at the end (we took 2 hours) were very inspiring.
– When you look slowly you’ll remember better what you’ve seen
– Slow looking helps to better understand the artist
– When you look at less works you see more
– The experience of Slow Art Day makes the experience of the visit of the exhibition so much more interesting than when it’s “just another exhibit you’ve seen”
– When you take your time to look you can feel emotions coming up