"We have been led to believe a lie when we see not through the eye" William Blake
Enjoy time out away from the usual day to day busy-ness and create space within a few hours to opening your senses and eyes to art. Scientists have proven that when you engage with works of art for their aesthetic qualities, time expands, it lengthens and the stress hormone in the body is decreased.
Time will be dedicated to looking at some well known works of art with fresh eyes. Rather than analysing these works of art straight away, we will look slowly, intently, developing deep observation and a seeing through, not just looking at. By opening the senses as well as the intellect we will develop a different quality of attention and ask what we can learn from art as much as about it.
You will then wander the gallery on your own and find a work of art that you may not have noticed before.
10.30 am Meet on the main steps of Tate Britain[masked] - Observing and looking
12 - we will meet in the cafe and discuss your observations, insights and link these to broader, big and small questions about life, consciousness and the world.
10.30am - meet in the Sainsbury Wing of the National Gallery
10.30- 12.30 - looking slowly and imaginatively at works of art from Late Medieval through to Impressionism
12.30- 1.15/1.30 - short break then wander gallery on your own to find a work of art you like
1.15/1.30 - 2.30 pm - discussion, questions and sharing experience in cafe