Manchester Art Gallery

The art of wellbeing tour

A traditional guided tour with a wellbeing twist

Manchester Art Gallery
Saturday 26 August 2017, 12.30pm–1.15pm


Join gallery guide John Ward and discover the Five Ways to Wellbeing through art. Here John discusses the association between Berengaria’s Alarm (1850) by Charles Allston Collins and the wellbeing benefits of connecting.

An associate of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood rather than a full member, our artist here takes his inspiration from English history and presents us with an imagined scene from the reign of Richard the Lionheart. Truth and fidelity have been awakened in the face of jealousy, greed and deceit as the queen realises that the king is in danger. The bright colours of the embroidery, the ladies’ dresses and of nature all help to amplify the message whilst the presence of a biblical allegory provokes even deeper thought. Paintings of this kind always underlined the importance of sincerity and so provide a deep moral resonance for our own time.

Everyone welcome.