Beverley Art Gallery has released another mindful art recording, part of the gallery's Mindful Engagement with Art Project.
Originally meant to be used in the gallery's display, the project has been adapted to a digital format to be available on You Tube.
Mindfulness is a meditation technique that requires nothing but a few minutes of a person's time to be spent focused - in the case of Beverley Art Gallery, this focus is aimed at a painting from their collection. The latest painting to be featured is 'A Panic' from 1872 by Henry William Banks Davis.
With dimensions of 236cm x 480 cm, 'A Panic' is one of the largest cattle paintings in Europe. The painting is permanently displayed in the gallery's recently restored Edwardian 'red' gallery'.
By using the recorded guide, virtual visitors can immerse themselves in the painting and find a new fresh and indulgent way of exploring a work of art. As a result, they will feel refreshed and uplifted by the experience.
The team at Beverley Art Gallery are working on three more recordings which will be released online so that visitors can access them from their homes, but are also looking forward to the times when COVID restrictions pass and visitors will be able to use the recordings in the gallery when looking at the real artwork.
This latest recording will soon be followed by others being developed together with Mindfulness expert Sally Edward from Kindmind.co.uk. The Gallery ran a mindfulness pilot with her last year, and have now developed a new format for the recorded meditations. Each session consists of the meditation, led by Sally, followed by a short art historical insight into the painting by the Gallery curator, Helena Cox.
Helena Cox said: "I believe we are the first museum to actually unite both the meditation itself with some exciting facts about the artwork! Here at the gallery, we are dedicated to promoting wellbeing and as an institution, we want to play a major role in sustaining the good mental health of our visitors. Art has an amazing power to uplift us above the mundane, and take our attention off the difficult times we live in."
Councillor Vanessa Walker, portfolio holder for adults and health, said: "Mindfulness is a research-based meditation technique which is proven to benefit both mental and physical health. Developing mindfulness techniques in a museum context is a trend explored by a growing number of museums in the UK and worldwide, and I am delighted that Beverley Art Gallery is among them!"
Councillor Shaun Horton, portfolio holder for coastal regeneration and tourism, including culture and leisure, added : "This is just a start of a whole new strand of Beverley Art Gallery's engagement strategy, and we are looking forward to fostering our visitors' wellbeing by exploring more mindful ways of bringing this great art collection alive in a new way!"
To access the new recording, and the first one in the series, visit the East Riding Libraries, Museums and Archives YouTube channel: