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Various Artists

The international event Slow Art Day was created to encourage us all to look at art for a little longer, in the hope that we not only see more, but also get to know the works in greater detail. At the same time, slowing down, and being present, is one of those things that are somehow so hard to do in our busy lives, and yet, so important for our wellbeing.

So, amidst the excitement and whirlwind that is the Arts Festival, we invite you to take things slowly today. We have prepared a few events to guide you through the day, but really: take your time, explore at your own pace and enjoy the rich arts scene of Whakatū.


Slow Art Day Schedule:

10:00am – 11:00am Ko Te Ākau artist talk with Charles Koroneho | Refinery ArtSpace | FREE

11:00am - 1:00pm Ko Te Ākau performances and activations | Refinery ArtSpace | FREE – drop in

10:00am - 12:00pm Meet some of the Cultural Connections artists and learn about the stories behind their exhibition. | Cultural Conversations | FREE - drop in

11.30am How to look at Art - with Suter Director, Julie Catchpole and NAF Head of Creative & Communications, Annie Pokel | Suter Art Gallery | FREE – drop in

1:00pm Artist Talk - Kim Ireland in conversation with Pania Walton | Refinery ArtSpace | FREE

3:00pm Rita Angus: An Illustrated Talk – with Lizzie Bisley, Curator Modern Art at Te Papa| Suter Art Gallery | Ticketed Event

6:00pm & 8:00pm ArteFact - by New Zealand Dance Company | Suter Art Gallery | Ticketed Event


Wanting to learn more about Slow Art Day? Check out the resources below:

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Sat 29 Oct


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