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Art Event: SLOW ART DAY ** 9 Apr 2016 ** Worldwide


It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.

Henry David Thoreau

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Slow Art Day is the global all-volunteer event with a simple mission: help more people discover for themselves the joy of looking at and loving art.

Why Slow?

When people look slowly at a piece of art they make discoveries.

The most important discovery they make is that they can see and experience art without an expert (or expertise).

And that’s an exciting discovery. It unlocks passion and creativity and helps to create more art fans.

How Does It work?

One day each year – April 9 in 2016 – people all over the world visit local museums and galleries to look at art slowly. Participants look at five works of art for 10 minutes each and then meet together over lunch to talk about their experience. That’s it. Simple by design, the goal is to focus on the art and the art of seeing.

In fact, Slow Art Day works best when people look at the art on their own slowly and then meet up to discuss the experience (though some hosts decide to do the discussion right in the gallery).

This 2010 ARTNews feature article, Slow Down You Look Too Fast, provides an excellent overview of Slow Art Day.

How does an Art Institution get involved?

Volunteers, as individuals or as museum staff, raise their hands (and register on this site) to host a group at a local museum or gallery. The host selects both the location and the art to view.  The global Slow Art Day team (also made up of volunteers) provides the tools and support for hosts to run their own events.

How do individuals volunteer or intern on the global team that runs Slow Art Day?

Slow Art Day is made up entirely of volunteers – including college and high school students who intern with us. Anyone can intern or volunteer from anywhere in the world – it’s a global movement and we work remotely using a variety of digital tools and old-fashioned technology like conference calls.

See more about our internship program here or contact us if you’d like to volunteer working on social media, our database, our outreach to museums and galleries or any of the other jobs.

We have a great team around the world and you’ll learn a lot and have fun working with the team behind Slow Art Day.

2016 Slow Art Day Venues – April 9, 2016

There are 24 venues – museums and galleries around the world – participating in Slow Art Day 2016! (we are just starting to collect everyone’s intention – we had 205 in 2015)

Click on the first letter of a city to find a participating museum or gallery. If you don’t see one near you, then volunteer to be a host!

Be a Host

Committing to hosting a Slow Art Day event has proven to be a rewarding experience. As host, you invite people to come to a local museum or gallery and view a small number of works on their own, followed by a group discussion of the viewing experience. All this happens at venues around the world on the same day each year – Saturday, April 9, 2016.

What’s the next step?

Click the link and fill out the form below and the Slow Art Day team will get in touch shortly: Be a Host


Sign-up at a local museum or art gallery

Click on the list of 2016 venues, find one near you and register online (it’s free).

Attend and look at 5 pieces of art slowly

Show up on Saturday, April 9, 2016 at your venue, pay the admission fee (if there is one) and then look slowly – 5-10 minutes – at each piece of pre-assigned art.

Have lunch to discuss your experience

Meet up with your volunteer host and the other participants at a pre-assigned lunch spot.

Venues registered so far for 2016

Source: 2016 Venues | Slow Art Day

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