Slow Art at the Senhouse Roman Museum

It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see. Henry David Thoreau

Slow Art Day is a global event with a simple mission: help more people discover for themselves the joy of looking at and loving art (www.slowartday.com).

Why slow?

When people look slowly at a piece of art they make discoveries.

The most important discovery they make is that they can see and experience art without an expert (or expertise).

And that’s an exciting discovery. It unlocks passion and creativity and helps to create more art lovers.

How does it work?

Visit your local museum or gallery to look at art slowly. Look at up to five works of art for 10 minutes each and then produce a response. That’s it. Simple by design, the goal is to focus on the art and the art of seeing.

Slow Art at the Senhouse Roman Museum

In addition to visiting the museum in person you can participate virtually. Images of five objects from the collection will be posted on the Museum’s website and Twitter feed (@senhousemuseum). They will be accompanied with some guided thinking directions (see below). Participants will then be invited to respond to the object by writing a piece of prose, a poem or draw/paint. We would love you to share the results by emailing them to the museum (info@senhousemuseum.co.uk). For October 2021 we will aim to schedule a ‘pop-up’ exhibition of the results.

What to do

1. Select an image of an object (see below)
2. Look very carefully at the object for ten (yes ten!) minutes.
3. Zoom in on the detail, use your imagination, what do you think is going on, what does it mean to you. The image will have a simple title but no detail, this is your experience.
4. Think of five words that you associate with the object and write them down.
5. After ten minutes of looking find a quiet space.
6. Write your piece of prose or poem, including your five words. Or draw/paint your picture, inspired by your five words.

This can be repeated with as many objects as you like. You can do it together with the people you live with.

If you are happy to share the results with us, save your written piece or scan your picture and send it to the museum (info@senhousemuseum.co.uk). Make sure you include your name, age and how we can contact you.

Have fun!