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11° & PARTLY CLOUDY ON MONDAY 18 JUNE IN BRISBANE
By Sarah Ward
June 06, 2018
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Quiet: Contemplating the Collection

When art and wellness combine.
By Sarah Ward
June 06, 2018
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Whether you're a seasoned gallery attendee or a more casual art-lover, you'll know the quiet joys that stepping into an exhibition can bring — not just providing a feast for the eyes, but a soothing space for the mind as well. In their peaceful places dedicated to celebrating creativity, just trying not to get swept up in the relaxing vibe is nearly impossible.

Accordingly, it was only a matter of time before someone combined looking at art and meditation — or somewhere, for that matter. In Brisbane, that place is the Queensland Art Gallery. It's not only holding regular early-morning sessions dedicated to getting blissful and mindful while exploring their Australian Collection, but an after-hours yoga class as well.

If it's serenity and stillness that you're after — plus a talk about slow-art looking practices — then head along to one of the gallery's calm living meditation sessions from 7.45am on July 3 and August 7. If bending and stretching while looking at art is more your style, drop by at 6pm on June 19.

All classes will be overseen by experienced meditation and yoga teacher Miriam Van Doorn, who'll be your guide in several ways: through QAG, and through a flow-style class inspired by the artworks and architecture on display. Each session will set yo uback $10 — or it's free if you're a QAGOMA member, with bookings required.

Image: Installation view of 'Artist's Choice: Marian Drew | Buoyancy' via Queensland Art Gallery.

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