Art in mind
A mindful art-viewing experience
Art in Mind is a contemplative gallery experience to encourage more intimate and personal connections to artworks from the AGNSW collection, by bringing a greater depth of awareness to what one sees through mindfulness practice and techniques.
Present-moment awareness can be essential to experience and appreciate any work for art, but it can be elusive in this age of relentless acceleration, as we often find ourselves distracted or lost in thought. Contemplative, mindful viewing can relax the mind and body, helping one consider ideas and concepts with a fresh perspective and stimulating new associations and insights.
Sessions are an intimate and exclusive experience not to be missed. Sharing the whole space with only 18 other participants, you’ll get to know artworks in a peaceful and private environment, before the Gallery doors open to the public in the morning.
Comments from past participants…
“I have a new love for art.”
“A most enjoyable entrée into using a set of tools to develop focus and clarity of thought.”
“An invigorating program giving wonderful new ways to engage with art.”
“An opportunity to reflect and connect with art and oneself.”
“I never realised awakening my “taste” sense would bring out more in experiencing a painting.”
“A rewarding and informative session that delivered so much.”
Led by mindfulness educator Steve Pozel, you 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. No prior experience in the arts or with mindfulness is required.
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.
Art in mind occurs once a month. Check back for upcoming dates.
March session BOOKED OUT
Friday 16 March 2018 8:30am – 10:30am
April session BOOKED OUT
Friday 20 April 2018 8:30am – 10:30am
September session BOOKED OUT
Friday 21 September 2018 8:30am – 10:30am
Friday 9 November 2018 8:30am – 11am