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Slow Art Day

April 4, 2020

Mother and two children looking at tablet together

Slow Art Day is a global event designed to help more people engage with and discover their love of art. Every year on April 4, people all over the world take time to visit galleries and museums to view artworks for ten minutes each, and then meet to talk about their experiences of what they just saw. Simple by design, the goal is to focus on artwork and the art of seeing.

We are currently living in unprecedented times, with many organizations remaining closed in response to Covid-19 for the health and safety of their guests and staff. But now more than ever the importance of art shines through! Art conveys ideas and produces experiences that bring people together in ways that few other things do. We want to uphold that tradition by helping everyone participate in Slow Art Day, digitally.

On Saturday, April 4, and for the whole month of April, we invite you to view highlights from the MacLaren’s collection on your phone, tablet or computer. Look a little slower, and engage a little deeper. Here’s how to participate:

  • Find fellow art-loving family members and friends to participate with: gather family members in your household. Invite friends to Zoom (basic plans are free) and share your art-filled screens. Chat on the phone while looking at the MacLaren website. There are many possibilities to be together, apart!

  • Once you’ve gathered, collectively choose five of your favourite artworks from the Collection Highlights page.

  • Look at each of these artworks for ten minutes, making sure to read the accompanying text written by past and present curators of the MacLaren.

  • After viewing the artworks, start a conversation with your group about what you just saw. Take turns sharing your thoughts on each piece. If you’re stuck on where to begin talking about the work, never fear: we’ve compiled a list of questions to help start conversation and engage deeper thinking.


April 4, 2020
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