Manchester Art Gallery

Public workshops

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

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 struggle to find the time to actively look after our mental health. 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 learn creative and practical ways to boost your 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

Coming soon
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 And Breathe…  we’re offering you the chance to enjoy art in a more mindful way. The art, environment and interpretation have all been developed to encourage you to be mindful and relax in the space. Over the year we will show a variety of artworks from our collection that haven’t been on display before but only one at a time. We encourage people to put their phone away, savour time with the artwork and notice what happens. 

One room, one artwork and you.

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

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. 

We are working on ways to bring you Take notice workshops in a safe and socially distanced way. 

Stay Well Sounds

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.

Check out our SoundCloud page where we recorded some health and wellbeing audios in lockdown. 

Mindful marks

Every season in 2020

(Temporarily postponed during the pandemic)

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.

Keep up to date

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Instagram: @mcrartgallery

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