Art in mind
Learn to look at art differently in this mindfulness program
Art in mind is a new mindfulness program that invites you to enjoy works of art through slow looking to encourage profound peace of mind.
Mindful, slow looking can lead not only to a more satisfying experience with art, but also to a sense of stillness, ease and focus within ourselves. Suspend your preconceptions of art and be guided simply by your own visual curiosity.
Open to participants from all walks of life, Art in mind sessions take place in a peaceful and private environment, before the Gallery’s doors open in the morning. Led by mindfulness teacher and creativity consultant Steve Pozel, this program will use meditation and mindfulness strategies to engage deeply with one artwork at a time in detail, observing its physical characteristics in a focused and attentive — but unlaboured — way. It will create an atmosphere conducive to staying 'in the moment’ and honing the sense of sight.
After the session, enjoy sharing your mindful experience with other participants over tea in the Chiswick at the Gallery restaurant.
This event is one of a number of events at the Gallery as part of The Big Anxiety 2017.
Image: Peter Upward New Reality 1961 (detail), Art Gallery of New South Wales © courtesy Julie Harris