For their first Slow Art Day, the Glengarry Artists’ Collective, a volunteer-driven organization of artists in eastern rural Ontario, Canada, designed “The BIG Show”, an event highlighting local art and artists.
The Collective’s mission is to create programs focused on community, and they encouraged visitors to slowly look at a selection of 149 artworks by 39 artists. About 300 participants attended the event.
Ahead of Slow Art Day, the Collective posted a promo on their website and printed posters for the venue.
On April 15th, they welcomed participants at the venue and encouraged them to use the following prompts when viewing the artworks:
Take time (5 to 10 minutes) and slowly let your eyes wander all over the work. Look at it from different angles and distances.
Notice the colors, shapes, textures and markings on the surface of the artwork. Where does your eye focus?
What words come to mind about this art work? How do you feel looking at this art work? Does it evoke any memories?
Share your experience of the work with someone or post an image of the work online with a word of reflection and #slowartday2023.
The hosts Alison Hall and Yvonne Callaway toured the venue, looking and talking with visitors. They agreed to let the audience choose the works they wanted to look at slowly, rather than imposing a selection on them. The photos above offer a sense of the engagement generated. They told us at Slow Art Day that, “There was lots of art talk, more than at most shows. People engaged with the works and each other.”
We love that the Glengarry Collective was able to bring out so many people in rural Canada and look forward to what they come up with for Slow Art Day 2024.
– Ashley, Johanna, Jessica Jane, and Phyl
PS. Stay up to date about events by the Glengarry Collective via their Facebook page