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Art, helping you stay healthy
Using art to look after our mental health.
We all have mental health; sometimes it’s good, sometimes not so good. Modern life is demanding and many of us neglect to actively look after our mental health, things can get on top of us and before we know it we’re feeling stressed or experiencing low mood. 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 really 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.
Room to Breathe
Opens May 2020
Everyday, 10am – 5pm
Room to Breathe is our next exploration into how the gallery can be a place for people to improve their wellbeing. Continuing on from the success of our And Breathe… exhibition we’re offering you the chance to enjoy art in a more mindful way. The colour scheme, seating, height of art works and interpretation have all been developed to encourage people to be mindful and spend time in the space and a special audio resource with a range of timed mindful meditations will be available. We will show the historic and the contemporary, from 19th century seascapes, to more abstract, surreal and modernist works.
You will even be able to book an appointment with the artwork so that you can experience all by yourself. One room, one painting and you.
Do paintings enable mindfulness more or does sculpture do that? Do seascapes hold our attention more or does abstract art do that? These are just some of the things we’re curious to know.
The exhibition is part of the gallery’s wider Mindful Museum campaign that aims to raise awareness and promote understanding of how mindfulness can be used within the cultural sector to improve good mental health and wellbeing.
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
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.
Every season in 2020
Winter – Sunday 12 January
Spring – Sunday 19 April
Summer – Sunday 12 July
Autumn – Sunday 11 October
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.
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