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Episode 126Bonus Episode11th April 2024 • The Art Engager • Claire Bown
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Today, in a special BONUS episode for Slow Art Day, I’m talking to Harma van Uffelen.

Harma works as a curator of education for the Van Gogh Museum where they have just created a brand new slow looking programme and a slow looking experience for the Matthew Wong exhibition. 

Listen in to hear:

  • How the programme started and why they chose the Matthew Wong exhibition
  • Techniques for engaging participants, including a deep dive into one of Wong's artworks
  • Considerations in programme design: ensuring comfort, choosing artworks, and managing duration
  • Designing a slow looking programme in a busy museum (hint: it can be done!)
  • "In Silence with Matthew Wong": silent slow looking experience with one artwork
  • Reflections on the pilot programme and future plans

If you’ve ever thought about designing and facilitating slow looking programmes in your museum, you will learn a lot from this episode!

Episode Links:

Matthew Wong, The Realm of Appearances, 2018,

Matthew Wong exhibition at the Van Gogh Museum

Slow Looking Programme at the Van Gogh Museum

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Harma van Uffelen on LinkedIn

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