“With thanks to the generous funding from Creative Ireland, we have been able to expand IMMA’s online programmes to our audiences. This addition, The Slow Looking Series, is presented by members of the Learning and Engagement Team. The title comes from our approach, to take a slow look at art; to question the artist’s intention and our response to it. The first of these 10 videos, is a mindfulness session for the viewer, so as to be fully open and relaxed before sampling one of the videos. Think of it as an aperitif, to whet the appetite, before selecting from the menu!
Currently we offer virtual tours and art discussion through Zoom, our Art & Ageing programmes include Armchair Azure, Talking Art Online and Resource Packs, Studio 10, along with virtual tours and as I write we are expanding to bring our exhibitions to more art lovers young and old. When we spend time with all groups and individuals, no matter their age, we like to take this calm approach, to allow time to absorb the artwork and most importantly, to be curious.
What all these groups have in common is a curiosity. An insatiable curiosity to learn more, to create more, to imagine and share their experience with the group. I feel so privileged to be part of this. I love being with curious people who enjoy the challenge of being thrown a “curve ball”. It’s great how everyone dives in with their feedback, no matter how obscure the work may be. Most of all, I am, so many times, in awe, of the richness of their honestly and insight.”