Art of Wellbeing Tour by Manchester Art Gallery

Our next moment comes from the Manchester Art Gallery who are holding an Art of Wellbeing Tour on Saturday 29th October  from 12:30-1:15pm. The tour is free and there is no need to book, but there are an anticipated 20-25 spaces. They tell us about their moment…

“What can a C17th Dutch painting teach us today about good mental health? Come along and find out on the next Art of Wellbeing tour. A traditional guided tour with a wellbeing twist! Learn about the Five Ways to Wellbeing through of some of our most loved 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

Join tour guide John Ward as he reveals the secrets behind the paintings and how each painting illustrates one of the 5 Ways.


The Art of Wellbeing tour is all about raising awareness and understanding of the 5 Ways to Wellbeing with the general public. Participants who join up will experience some of the 5 Ways on the tour itself. They will Learn about artworks on display, they will Be Active by walking around the gallery, they will Take Notice of small and curious details in paintings that are pointed out to them by the guide and lastly, they will be Connect with others through discussion of the artworks.

So the tour itself aims to produce some wellbeing outcomes but the knowledge gained on the tour around the 5 Ways will be something that people take away with them and hopefully apply in their everyday life.

At Manchester Art Gallery we know that wellbeing is a skill, something that is cultivated over time with regular care in small steps. The aim of our health and wellbeing programme is to support everyone to learn, practice and develop wellbeing skills within the gallery walls, but more importantly, in their everyday lives too. Because real and long-lasting improvements in health occur when people are empowered to effect change in their own lives. The 5 Ways to Wellbeing are skills that everyone can learn, practice and develop.”

 “What a wonderful way to learn about looking after your health, through the joy of art!”

-Participant

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