Slow looking is simply the art of learning through observation. As I’ve mentioned in the past, slow looking has become much more well-known in the last few years with some large museums offering online slow looking sessions. Secondly, with the huge interest in museums and wellbeing it has put slow looking into the spotlight. I’ve been working in this way for the last 10+ years and can wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone – both as an individual practice and as a way of working with and connecting your participants to art and objects. 

But don’t just take my word for it.  But, why would you want to slow down and spend time with just one artwork or object? Why is it important to practise paying attention and noticing more details?

Looking at something slowly and carefully is in itself a rewarding process – the object or art work becomes more interesting the longer you look at it. But more than this, there are known benefits of slow looking and in this post, I’m going to take you through 12 reasons why you, yes, you, should get started with slow looking.


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