What is REALLY going on when you look at art?

Come to Manchester Art Gallery and take part in this exciting research study exploring the relationship between art and mindfulness.

Drop in at any time on the dates and times listed below! 

Tuesday 5 December – 12 – 4.30pm
Wednesday 6 December – 10.30am – 4.30pm
Thursday December – 10.30am – 4.30pm
Friday 8 December 10.30am – 4.30pm
Saturday 9 December – 10.30am – 4.30pm
Sunday 10 December – 10.30am – 4.30pm


We’ve been developing work around art and mindfulness for nearly a decade and now we want to take this exploration one step further. The gallery is teaming up with psychologists at Goldsmiths, University of London to offer museum visitors an exciting viewing experience.

The research asks the question – How can mindful viewing deepen our personal connection with art?

This 20-minute experience will give visitors the opportunity to participate in a valuable research project that will inform the museum’s understanding of how the Manchester audience engages with art. At the end of the session, everyone will report on their experience through several questionnaires and open-ended discussion with Manchester Art Gallery and Goldsmiths staff. Participation in this event is voluntary and will be compensated with a café voucher.

More details: 

How long will the experience last and what does it entail? 

The experience will last about 20-25 minutes in total, including the art viewing period and the questionnaire and discussion period. First, you will be asked some demographic questions and then be given time to look at two artworks in our gallery space. After the viewing, you will be asked a series of questions about yourself and your viewing experience on a digital survey. You will then be able to speak with the museum staff and researchers about any questions you may have.

Do I have to take part? 

As participation is entirely voluntary, it is up to you to decide whether or not to take part. If you do decide to take part, you will be asked to provide your consent before you begin the experience. If you decide to take part, you are still free to withdraw at any time and without giving a reason. At the end, you will be compensated with a café voucher.

Will there be any data collected about me? 

Because this experience is part of a research study organised by psychology researchers at Goldsmiths, University of London, data regarding yourself and your experience will be collected in the form of survey questions. All information collected about you during the course of the experience will be kept strictly confidential. This research has been reviewed and approved by the Research Ethics and Integrity Sub-Committee of Goldsmiths University, London.

 Will this data be published anywhere? 

Data from this experience will be used as a part of a postgraduate project for the MPhil/PhD Psychology programme at Goldsmiths, University of London and may be included in future published research. Collected information about participants will not be individually identifiable in any publication.

Who can I contact if I have a question before signing up? 

If you have any questions or comments about the experience, please feel free to email Goldsmiths researcher, Aleksandra Igdalova, at [email protected]