According to the visitor experience team at Tate Modern, Slow Art Day 2019 was “fantastic.”
They organized two one-hour slow looking sessions split between two artworks and, then, after the sessions, the team invited the visitors to come together for tea, coffee, biscuits, and a discussion about the whole experience.
Here’s what some of the participants said:
“A really interesting session. I’m more mindful of how to observe art in the future.”
“What a wonderful idea!
“I understand now how you can spend so much time in a gallery looking at art!”
“The combination of looking at art slowly and with other people is a real eye opener.”
“Really like the concept. As someone who can feel a bit intimidated by the art world this felt like a really nice way in and gives me more confidence to engage with art in the future.”
“A brilliant concept, lovely to think that this is going on all around the world.”
“I will definitely bring friends next time. Do it again!”
“I felt like a part of a group/community and was an hour well spent.”
“We can’t wait for next year to do it again,” said Adriana Oliveira, Visitor Experience Manager there at Tate Modern.
At Uillinn, West Cork Arts Centre in Skibbereen, Ireland, a small, enthusiastic group celebrated Slow Art Day by becoming one with the art. They immersed themselves in the setting for performance artist Amanda Coogan’s durational work, Spit, Spit, Scrub, Scrub. They mingled with the artifacts of her five-hour performances – seeing them as sculpture.
“I thought it was interesting to be spending time looking at one of the places where she had been performing, but without her there – like looking at an empty stage set,” said Alison Cronin, schools coordinator at Uillinn.
“We almost felt like performers ourselves, with other gallery goers looking at us and wondering what we were looking at.”