East Riding Museums have updated their webpage which celebrates ways that visiting their venues can support wellbeing, through the 'Five Ways to Wellbeing': connect, be active, take notice, learn, and give. The web address is: https://eastridingmuseums.co.uk/wellbeing
As well as encouraging people to visit exhibitions, attend events and take advantage of outside spaces, the webpage shows some of the museum and art gallery collections, sharing their stories. For example, there is information about the old archery range at Sewerby Hall and Gardens, and a collection of elaborate, handmade Victorian greetings cards to admire.
A key feature of the page is a series of Mindful Art Guides, which use mindful practices to encourage people to take time out from the busyness of everyday life and stop to notice the colours, textures, objects and subjects of the artworks.
There are options to watch the online guides on YouTube or download the audio guides, which can be listened to in Beverley Art Gallery while looking at the original paintings.
Helena Cox, curator of Beverley Art Gallery, said : "It's great to be able to encourage visitors to spend time in the gallery, really looking closely at art. The audio guides are easy to download and bring on your own device, and we advise people to bring their own headphones for a truly immersive experience. Our online mindful art guides, released during the lockdown periods, were popular, and we will be making more of these available soon."
The mindful art guides have been developed in partnership with Sally Edward, Yorkshire mindfulness practitioner from Kindmind.
The 'Five Ways to Wellbeing' were developed by the New Economics Foundation in partnership with Mind, the mental health charity.