Manchester Art Gallery

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Check out our film about Therapeutic Thursday: an evening of creative wellbeing at Manchester Art Gallery.

Art, helping you stay healthy

There’s something on every week at the gallery to help you cultivate good mental health and wellbeing.

We all have mental health; sometimes it’s good, sometimes it’s not so good. Like when we’re stressed or busy many of us neglect to actively look after our mental health. Good health and wellbeing is cultivated over time and with regular care. And it doesn’t have to be life-changing or time-consuming, small changes can make a big difference. Come to our beautiful galleries and cultivate wellbeing with us.

Manchester Art Gallery is a place where you can go to look after your mental health. Yes, you. All of us.

Take notice: de-stress with art

First and third Tuesday of the month

12:15 – 12.45pm and 1 – 1:30pm

Free, no need to book

And breathe… Sit and look at one work of art for 30 minutes. Sit back and let our health and wellbeing manager guide you in exploring artworks using mindfulness.


Mindful marks

Second Tuesday of the month

12 – 2pm

Free, drop in

De-stress and draw with artist Naomi Kendrick. Find your flow as you mark-make to music inspired by art on display.

The art of wellbeing tour

Last Saturday of every month

12.30 – 1.15pm

Free, no need to book

A traditional guided tour with a wellbeing twist. Learn about the Five Ways to Wellbeing through a guided tour of our artworks.

The Five Ways to Wellbeing are a set of evidence-based actions which promote people’s wellbeing. They are: Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning and Give. These activities are simple things individuals can do in their everyday lives

This guided tour will discuss five artworks that illustrate each of the Five Ways.

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