Art in mind: Rembrandt and the Dutch golden age
A peaceful, mindfulness session with Dutch art
Art in mind is a new mindfulness program that invites you to enjoy works of art through slow looking to encourage bringing greater depth of awareness to what we see. And what better artworks to slow down with than the carefully-painted pictures of everyday life created by the Dutch masters of the 17th century? Often contemplative and humble, many of these paintings focus on the world around us and the simple things in life: the countryside or city streets, the family and the home, an intimate still life of flowers, books or food.
Art in mind sessions in the exhibition Rembrandt and the Dutch golden age: masterpieces from the Rijksmuseum will be an intimate and exclusive experience not to be missed. Sharing the whole exhibition space with only 18 other participants, you’ll get to know the Dutch masters in a new and enriching way.
Open to participants from all walks of life, Art in mind sessions take place in a peaceful and private environment, before the exhibition doors open to the public in the morning. Led by mindfulness teacher Steve Pozel, you will use meditation and mindfulness strategies to engage deeply with one artwork at a time, observing its physical characteristics in a focused and attentive way. Steve creates an atmosphere conducive to staying 'in the moment’ and honing the sense of sight.
After the viewing, enjoy sharing your mindful experience with other participants over a fragrant cup of tea made with fresh garden herbs in the Chiswick at the Gallery restaurant.
Steve Pozel has worked with leading creatives across design, craft, architecture and visual arts over the last three decades. He was director of The Power Plant, Canada’s premiere centre for contemporary art, before his role as CEO and creative director of the Australian Design Centre in Sydney. In more recent years, he has been pursuing an exploration around the intersection between creativity, innovation and mindfulness within both the educational and corporate sectors.
Image: Jan Davidsz de Heem Still life with books c1628 (detail), Rijksmuseum, gift of the heirs of C Hoogendijk, The Hague
12, 19 January 2018
Plus $2 online transaction fee
Includes exhibition entry and reentry into the exhibition for the rest of the day
See also: Art in mind series
Duration 2 hours
Location: Major exhibition gallery
Related exhibition: Rembrandt and the Dutch golden age