Slow Art Day

Slow Art Day

Saturday, April 15, 2023
10:00 a.m. EDT
National Gallery of Canada
380 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, ON K1N 9N4

Join us on Saturday, April 15, 2023 for Slow Art Day, a global event with a simple mission: to help more people discover the joy of looking at and loving art.

How can I participate?
On a special day each year, people all over the world visit local museums and galleries to look at art slowly and in depth. This activity requires no prior experience or knowledge of art, and is free with Gallery admission.

With a group
Meet us in the Great Hall at 11:00 a.m. for a guided slow-looking experience. A Gallery interpreter will introduce you to this simple technique, and will facilitate a brief interaction to encourage participants to learn from one another.

On my own
Pick any work of art, and spend at least ten minutes looking at it. That’s it. Simple by design, the goal is to focus on the work and the art of seeing.

Can’t join us at the Gallery on April 15? This video offers a slow look at Rembrandt’s painting, Heroine.

Why Slow?
When people look slowly at a work of art, they make fresh discoveries and personal connections. The most important discovery they make is that they can see and experience art without being an expert. This in turn unlocks passion and creativity, and helps to create more art lovers. The act of slow looking is a radically inclusive experience in which everyone is welcome. 

Share your experience on social media using the hashtags #SlowArtDay2023 and #NGC.


“Through a painting we can see the whole world.” — Hans Hofmann

Woman looking at art in a green room
Saturday, April 15, 2023, 10:00 a.m.
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