Room to Breathe

April 2, 2022  -  April 6, 2025

Free Admission

Herbert Newton, Track of Forest Brook

Mindfulness and the art of getting away from it all

The noise and overstimulation of the modern world gets too much for many of us.

Room to Breathe is a dedicated space to help you experience art in a more mindful way.

You can see a variety of works from our collection and listen to original audio guides to help you to explore the art using mindful techniques.

Furniture, colour scheme, number and height of art works, text and audio meditations have all been carefully chosen in a way that we hope will encourage deeper engagement with art and reduce stress.

This a room for you. To rest. To recover. A room to breathe…


Room to Breathe installation shot- two people sat on a sofa from behind looking at an abstract painting

We are excited to be teaming up with psychologists from Goldsmiths, University of London to explore whether mindful viewing can deepen personal connection to art and reduce stress.

We want to find out what really goes on when you look at art by capturing people’s physiological reactions and responses to the artworks in Room to Breathe.

We’re looking for some volunteers to assist the chief researcher to carry out the study. You’ll be greeting participants and showing them where the study is taking place. As well as helping them to answer a questionnaire about their experience. Full training will be provided and you will always be supported by a member of the research team. If this sounds interesting to you then please get in touch.

Visitor being fitted with wrist sensor

You can download label guides and audio transcripts for the artworks here