Written by: Vivian Orr, Communications and Publications Coordinator


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

Introducing Slow Art Day to Saskatoon

Saskatchewan Craft Council Gallery will be one of over 180 venues worldwide hosting Slow Art Day on Saturday, April 8, 2017 and you’re invited to take part!

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. Over 1,200 individual Slow Art Day events have taken place since its official launch in 2010.

How Fast vs How Slow?

Visitors to the Metropolitan Museum of Fine Art look at individual works of art for an average of just 17 seconds. The Louvre discovered that visitors look at the Mona Lisa for an average of 15 seconds.

Slow Art Day asks participants to look at several pieces of artwork for 5 – 10 minutes each. Participants are encouraged to meet to discuss each piece of art over lunch. Slow Art Day is about discovering the benefits of being more contemplative and considerate of artists and their work.

Scutelliphily is a group exhibition that explores the popularity and meaning of artist-made patches. The exhibition opens on April 8 at the SCC Gallery. Dive deep into the making of patches, connect with them as symbolic objects and consider their place in the history of Craftivism: a political art movement focused on anti-capitalism, environmentalism and feminism.

Saskatchewan Craft Council is partnering with our colleagues at Calories Bakery & Restaurant. Slow Art Day guests will have a special offering of 3 savoury appetizers and 1 sweet bite accompanied by a glass of wine or cocktail for $20 at Calories (721 Broadway Avenue), just a short stroll from the SCC Gallery. This special will only be available on April 8, 2017!


Slow Art Day in three easy steps:

  1. Sign up by commenting on this Facebook event page. If you don’t have Facebook, please call us at 306 653 3616 ext. 4 to sign up!
  2. Drop by the Saskatchewan Craft Council Gallery (813 Broadway Avenue, Saskatoon) on Saturday, April 8, 2017, between 10 am and 5 pm. Admission is free to the gallery. The exhibition Scutelliphily will be showing. A SCC facilitator will point out the selected pieces. Look slowly, 5 – 10 minutes, at each of the selected pieces.
  3. Stroll down the block to Calories Bakery & Restaurant (721 Broadway Avenue, Saskatoon,) where you can enjoy a snack and discuss your experience.

Intrigued? Learn more by reading this 2010 ArtNews feature article, Slow Down You Look Too Fast. It provides an excellent overview.