Reflections from Hosts: Tom Thomson Art Gallery

Just over a week ago, hundreds of galleries around the world celebrated Slow Art Day. As we wind down, we’ll be sharing some reflections from organizations that participated:

The Tom Thomson Art Gallery in Owen Sound, Canada had a fantastic #SlowArtDay2014!

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We invited people to #StickItToTheTOM! – guests were asked to write their responses to pieces in our current exhibitions on post-it notes and stick them beside each piece. The response was incredible (and colourful!). We also posted images on our Facebook and Twitter pages for people who couldn’t make it to the Gallery.

We love being a part of Slow Art Day and look forward to next year.

Thank you to Phil Terry, all of the organizers, all of the Galleries and all of the participants!

Today is Slow Art Day 2014

Have a *good* Slow Art Day 2014 wherever you are in the world.

If just one more person in the world today learns that they have the innate ability to look at and and to love art, then we will have all reached our mission.

Best,

Phil
Founder, Slow Art Day

P.S. Tweet about your experiences today. Use #slowartday2014

Notes From Hosts: Mim Scalin

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Greetings from Richmond, VA, USA

Slow Art Day 2014! I can’t wait.
I’ve got lots of people signed up (45), and have been keeping in touch with them on a regular basis. I hope they all show up!
It’s going to be an exciting event.
I’ve chosen 3 pieces from the 20th century galleries and 2 from an area under viewed for sure, sporting life, which is mainly British paintings ofhorse and dogs from the 1800s. 
Won’t people be surprised!
 
Instead of making buttons this year, I made labels on adhesive backed paper. 
 
Slow Art Day labels
 
I look forward to seeing everyone’s photos from the event.
 
Best wishes to all,
Mim Golub Scalin
volunteer host
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New York Today: Their First 100 Days, Too – New York Times Article featuring Slow Art Day mention

by Annie Correal and Andy Newman

April 11, 2014

“Slow down, it’s Slow Art Day at six city galleries (and more than 200 others around the world). The concept: Look at five artworks for 10 minutes each, then meet and discuss.”

Read the full article on the New York Time’s website here.

Slow Art Day and the value of spending time looking at pictures – Image Source Interview with Phil Terry, founder

by John O’Reilly
Published in Image Source: April 11, 2014

“But what’s interesting about Slow Art Day is that it offers a practice (look for at least 10 minutes) and the possibility of an experience that’s owned by the viewer. It’s why giving attention to art at the very least brings new perspective, and is in the words of business thinkers potentially ‘disruptive’ in that it can over time shift how you see things.”

Read the full interview on the Image Source website.

The Value of Slow Looking

But what’s interesting about Slow Art Day is that it offers a practice (look for at least 10 minutes) and the possibility of an experience that’s owned by the viewer. It’s why giving attention to art at the very least brings new perspective, and is in the words of business thinkers potentially ‘disruptive’ in that it can over time shift how you see things. In a world of customization and personalization digital technology provides us with the stuff based on previous choices – it makes life easier.

- John O’Reilly, Slow Art Day and the value of spending time looking at pictures, Image Source, (via).

 

Image Source has interviewed our founder, Phil Terry, on his thoughts about Slow Art Day!

Read on to find out the original inspiration and “a-ha” moment that sparked Slow Art Day’s birth, why freedom is important for the viewer’s engagement, what Phil Terry means by “monogamous-in-the-moment“and much more here.

- Karen

 

Notes from Hosts: Dr Medica Assunta Orlando

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Hello fellow hosts,

The Museum of Paleontology and Palaeontology Maglie (Lecce, Italy) will host “The Origin of Art” Saturday, April 12.

I am hosting this event because I firmly believe that we must understand the art from its origins, from the times when the basic need of man to communicate. The understanding of this concept requires slow pace to overcome the aesthetic idea of works of art, to discover the values ​​and the deepest needs of the soul.

If you are in Salento (Puglia), do not hesitate to connect with us! Good luck to all of you for your respective goals Days of Art on Saturday.

- Dr Medica Assunta Orlando

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Notes from Hosts: Aleema Mohamed

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Hi fellow hosts,

My name is Aleema and I am American from NYC. I will be hosting a Slow Art Day at JAMM Art Gallery in Dubai, UAE, where I am currently based on a short-term project.
 
I decided to host an event because I strongly believe in the experience of art, and thus, looking at art slowly. I am also the founder of an online art platform, Art Waddle, that focuses on helping people connect with the art they love, in person.
 
If you are ever in Dubai or NY, please feel free to connect! Best of luck to all of you for your respective Slow Art Days on Saturday.
 
Best,
Aleema
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