Darren Almond et al.

Slow Painting (group show)

Installation view: Darren Almond,
Installation view: Darren Almond, "Slow Painting" at Leeds Art Gallery, 2019. © Darren Almond. Courtesy of the artist and White Cube. Photo: Jules Lister

Southbank Centre’s Hayward Gallery Touring presents Slow Painting, an exhibition of paintings that take their time, and invite us to do the same.

Curated by the writer and critic Martin Herbert, the exhibition features 19 artists, primarily British or UK based, whose work spans a myriad of styles and applications, from figuration to abstraction. Opening at Leeds Art Gallery ( 24 Oct 2019 – 12 Jan 2020), Slow Painting then travels to The Levinsky Gallery in Plymouth (24 Jan – 28 Mar 2020).

Art has reacted, like everything else, to digital technology, both on the level of making and reception. The speed at which art is consumed has been transformed by shorter attention spans and the desire to make images that ‘pop’ on smartphone and computer screens. Yet painting has historically been both created and received patiently, offering a space of pause, contemplation and gradual unfurling. Slow Painting offers a counterbalance to an increasingly accelerating world, comprising works that illustrate the role of painting as a rewarding repository of time. Work by Darren Almond is included.

Tour details:

Leeds Art Gallery, 24 October 2019 – 12 January 2020
The Levinsky Gallery, The Arts Institute, University of Plymouth, 24 January – 28 March 2020
Andrew Brownsword Gallery at The Edge, University of Bath and Locksbrook Campus, Bath School of Art and Design, 10 April – 6 June 2020
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery and Thurso Art Gallery, July – October 2020

Hayward Gallery