Two persons looking at an artwork.

Slow Art Day

Saturday, April 13, 2024
10:00 a.m. EDT
National Gallery of Canada
380 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, ON K1N 9N4

Join us on Saturday April 13, 2024 for Slow Art Day, a global event with a simple mission: to help more people discover for themselves the joy of looking at and loving art.

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

With a group
Meet us in the Great Hall at 11am for a guided slow looking experience. A Gallery Interpreter will introduce you to this simple technique and facilitate a brief exchange so we can learn from one another.

On my own
Pick any artwork and spend at least 10 minutes looking at it. That’s it. Simple by design, the goal is to focus on the art and the art of seeing.

Can’t join us at the Gallery on April 13? Be guided in this video as we take a slow look at Rembrandt’s painting titled A Jewish Heroine from the Hebrew Bible.

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

Share your experience on social: #SlowArtDay2024 #natgallerycan.


Be amazed by the discoveries you can make when you look for longer at art!

Two visitors look at a painting together.
Saturday, April 13, 2024, 10:00 a.m.
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