We’re starting the countdown to Slow Art Day 2017 – it’s just seven months away! 11 venues in the US, UK, France, and Belgium are leading the charge and are among our first hosts for 2017. We’re excited to welcome new and returning hosts in the months to come, and to celebrating Slow Art Day’s eighth (!) year as an official, worldwide event.
A report from host and museum educator Nina Montijn in Amstelveen, Netherlands:
We had a great Slow Art Day at the Cobra Museum for Modern Art!
In three organized art walks, visitors were challenged to look slowly, to genuinely take their time and lose themselves in the works of art. Participants looked with awe at four selected works, discussed with each other, learned from each other.
For those who preferred to look on their own we created two guides with several tips. Also we distributed notebooks and pens, so everyone could write down their discoveries. Quickly there were visitors watching and writing vigorously everywhere.
Afterwards visitors could chat about their experiences in the museum café whilst enjoying a complimentary beverage. Here we heard many enthusiastic stories about the tour. Even works of art that didn’t seem so interesting at first, turned out to be quite captivating.
I really think Slow Art Day is a keeper!
In Chichester, England, Slow Art Day participants communed with five artworks in the cathedral and bishop’s palace.
Host Naomi Billingsley, the Bishop Otter Scholar at Chichester Cathedral, writes in her blog: “Although the Slow Art Day initiative is secular in origin … it translated well into a sacred space, and some of the participants said that they found it a spiritual experience. I’m thinking about experimenting further with this format, and perhaps trying an even slower viewing experience (people said that ten minutes went quickly).”
She shared participants’ comments, among them: Slow Art Day “created a space to see new things in works seen many times before.” And: “It is the joy of Chagall that stays with me.”
Naomi’s Slow Art Day blog is here.
We had a wonderful Slow Art Day at HAM Helsinki Art Museum! People occupying the floors of the big gallery to draw on a huge paper together (some even for hours!), DJ playing songs fitting the day’s theme through headphones to our visitors and slow watching on our new HAMfulness guided tours.
— Aino-Marja Miettinen of Helsinki Art Museum