Staff at Beverley Art Gallery are dedicated to using art to promote wellbeing and encourage good mental health for the gallery's visitors. Last year, the gallery worked with mindfulness instructor Sally Edward from Kindmind.co.uk and together they produced five mindfulness videos based around paintings from the gallery's permanent collection. As part of this year's Wellbeing and Creativity Week, the gallery announced there will be more videos made soon.
Now the team are back, ready to create another five videos - this time, they are encouraging the public to get involved, too! Over the next five weeks, the gallery's social media channels will release images of two paintings and invite the public to vote for their favourite - the painting with most votes will be used for the next mindfulness meditation video. Across the five weeks, the public will choose all five of the images that will be at centre stage of the five mindful videos.
Curator Helena Cox said: "I am delighted that we will get to work with Sally again and produce more mindful videos. Mindfulness is a scientifically proven way of reducing stress and expanding one's wellbeing, and here at the gallery we are very keen to use our beautiful art collection to foster the wellbeing of our visitors and East Riding residents. The videos can be used online, so they are available to everyone, even those who cannot visit the gallery in person.
"I am excited to invite the public to participate in our social media campaign and to vote for their preferred paintings. We are making the video for the public, so it is only natural that it should be the public who choose the artwork that will feature in the videos. I very much hope that the videos will encourage our visitors to both explore our collection and use the artwork to relax, unwind and recharge when using our calming meditation through art."
Follow @BeverleyArtGallery on Facebook and Instagram and @BevArtGallery on Twitter and vote for your favourite paintings!
Check out the videos already produced by the gallery: