Episode 94

Exploring Slow Art Day and Slow Looking with Phyl Terry

Published on: 13th April, 2023

Episode 94 of the Art Engager features another special guest, Phyl Terry, Founder of Slow Art Day.

Slow Art Day is an annual event that encourages participants worldwide to look at and discuss art slowly. To date, over 1,500 museums and galleries on every continent, including Antarctica's McMurdo Station, have participated in Slow Art Day.

I first got in touch with Phyl back in 2013 when I heard about Slow Art Day. Today, we resume our conversation 10 years later about the importance of slowing down and spending more time with art.

  • Phyl talks about how Slow Art Day originated and the hour long experience he had with a painting that started it all.
  • We explore about how Slow Art Day has evolved over the years and some of the unique and memorable events that have taken place over that time.
  • Phyl also talks about how organisations can participate in hosting their own Slow Art Day events or how individuals can participate even when there are no events near them.
  • Phyl discusses the concept of "radical inclusivity" in Slow Art Day, which promotes the idea that anyone can engage with art without the need for prior artistic knowledge, through the act of looking slowly and reflecting.
  • Finally, Phyl shares their thoughts on the future of Slow Art Day and how it might evolve as a movement in the coming years.

The conversation is filled with insights and reflections on the importance of slowing down and spending more time with art. Don't miss this one!


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The Art Engager podcast is here to help museum educators, guides and creatives engage their audiences with art, objects and ideas. Each fortnight I’ll be sharing a variety of easy-to-learn flexible techniques and tools to help you create participant-centred museum experiences that bring art and ideas to life.
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