Special Events

Slow Art Day

Person looking at art

Visitors in J.M.W. Turner: Painting Set Free. October 31, 2015 – January 31, 2016. Photo: Dean Tomlinson © AGO.

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Special Events

Slow Art Day

Saturday, April 4th, 2020, 10:30 am – 5:30 pm
Art Gallery of Ontario

“It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.” — Henry David Thoreau

Join us 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 – April 4, 2020 – people all over the world visit local museums and galleries to look at art slowly.

  1. Pick five works of art at the AGO and visit them for 10 minutes each. That's it. Simple by design, the goal is to focus on the art and the art of seeing.
  2. To support looking and a group experience, you can also join our one hour Gallery Tours at 11 am, noon, 1 pm, 2 pm and 3 pm or our 10-minute On the Dot Art Chats at 11:30 am, 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm, and 3:30 pm.
  3. Share your experience on social: #SlowArtDay2020 #AGOonthedot #AGOtours @agotoronto  @SlowArtDay

Why Slow?
When people look slowly at a piece 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 fans.

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For requests for Verbal Description, American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation and/or live captioning for online and onsite programming, please provide three weeks notice in advance of the event date. The AGO will make every effort to provide accommodation for requests made with less than three weeks notice. Please note that automated captioning is available for all online programs. For onsite visits, the AGO offers these supports for an accessible visit. Please contact us to make a request for these or other accessibility accommodations. Learn more about accessibility at the AGO.

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