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Slow art day

Saturday 2 April 2022
Hugh Jackman
Hugh Jackman, 2020 Vincent Fantauzzo. © Vincent Fantauzzo

Rush in, slow down and take a looong look at a few portraits, then meet to share your thoughts and observations.

WHAT IS SLOW ART DAY

Slow Art Day is a global event with a simple mission: to help more people discover for themselves the joy of looking at and loving art. When people look at art slowly, they return to the moment, see more and make their own discoveries. Check out the Slow Art Day website for more information.

ON THE DAY

Meet our Learning Facilitator in the Gordon Darling Hall near the Information desk. Here you’ll be given a copy of the selected portraits and a Gallery map.

You then head off on your own, choosing the order you want to see the artworks in, and how long you want to look for, but remember to slow down enough to spend 5 – 10 minutes with each one!

At 3:15pm we’ll meet in the Education Studio to share what you saw from slowing down, and discuss the experience.

5 portraits

David Gulpilil's Hands
Portrait of Patricia Piccinini
Potters' Portrait Pot
Portrait of Ruth Cracknell as the Sibyl
1 David Gulpilil's Hands, 2004 Ross Honeysett. © Ross Honeysett. 2 Portrait of Patricia Piccinini, 2019 Allissa Oughtred. © Allissa Oughtred. 3 Potters' Portrait Pot, 2009 Hermannsburg Potters, Irene Mbitjana Entata, Virginia Mbitjana Rontji, Lindy Panangka Rontji, Rahel Kngwarria Ungwanaka, Rona Panangka Rubuntja, Dawn Ngala Wheeler, Judith Pungarta Inkamala, Anita Ratara Mbitjana, Hayley Panangka Coulthard, Clara Ngala Inkamala. © Hermannsburg Potters Aboriginal Corporation. 4 Portrait of Ruth Cracknell as the Sibyl, 1995 Rosemary Valadon. © Rosemary Valadon.

Related information

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In their own words

Audio-guide

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In their own words is an audio-guide with a difference. We let the portraits of these remarkable Australians speak for themselves.

Play on (A portrait of Neale Daniher)
Play on (A portrait of Neale Daniher)
Play on (A portrait of Neale Daniher)
Play on (A portrait of Neale Daniher)

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