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(banner image): Tim Maguire, Falling snow I 2007, National Gallery of Australia, Gift of Tim Maguire Pty Ltd, 2010.

On average, a visitor spends 17 seconds or less looking at an individual work of art. Slow Art Day encourages a more contemplative approach to art and is celebrated in over 150 galleries throughout the world. The Slow Art website includes a full list of cities who are participating.

Enjoy highlights from the national collection (plus a visiting work from the National Museum of Cambodia!) and give them the attention they deserve. Participants are invited to join the group for a lively facilitated discussion after the viewing.


Slow Art Canberra 2015
Book here to participate in the facilitated Slow Art experience at the NGA. You are also free to come to the Gallery whenever you like and create your own Slow Art experience.

Alternatively you can participate in other Slow Art programs happening in Canberra at:

  • The National Portrait Gallery
  • The National Museum of Australia and
  • The Australian War Memorial

See further details


Choose works from the list on the right and decide how long you would like to spend looking at each one. We are asking that everyone who is participating looks at either Robert Klippel's No 757 Painted wood construction or Tim Maguire's Falling snow I so that we have some common discussion points.

Of course we invite you to also look at the other works selected if you have the time. View our
Map of the Gallery or pick up one at the front desk.


Please come to the National Gallery of Australia between 2.00 pm and 4.00 pm. Look at your selected works of art for at least 10 minutes each. Or challenge yourself and try to look for longer. At 3.15 pm, join us in the Small Theatre for a discussion about your experiences.

You might like to consider

Bringing a notepad or sketch pad with drawing pencils. The Tate has produced some resources that may assist with sustained contemplation of individual works of art and may be particularly useful for first time Slow Art goers.

Please note

There will be stools available for Slow Art participants at the front desk near the main entrance.

They will be clearly labelled with a Slow Art 2015 sign. Please feel free to take a stool with you, but remember to be mindful of works of art when moving through the galleries.

Important: food and drink are not allowed in the Gallery spaces.


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(image): Tim Maguire, Falling snow I 2007, National Gallery of Australia, Gift of Tim Maguire Pty Ltd, 2010

(image): Willem de Kooning, Woman V 1952-3, National Gallery of Australia, purchased 1974

(image): Robert Klippel, No. 757 Painted wood construction, National Gallery of Australia, purchased 1989

(image): Stephen Bush, Gripul, 2012, National Gallery of Australia, purchased 2012

(image): Walangkura (Jackson) Napanangka, Untitled 2009, National Gallery of Australia. Acquired in acknowledgement of the National Apology to the Stolen Generations with support from The Myer Foundation, 2010

(image): Gordon Bennett, Notes to Basquiat: 911 2002, National Gallery of Australia, purchased 2003

(image): Angkor period, Bayon style, Prajnaparamita in the form of a child, late 12th - early 13th century, on loan from the National Museum of Cambodia, Phnom Penh