Mindful Arts Manchester at Manchester Art Gallery

Art and mindfulness 8-week course

Boost your resilience to stress through creativity

Manchester Art Gallery


Bringing together mindfulness, art and creativity we are delighted to introduce this exciting new course for adults. Combining theory and practice and using evidence-based techniques this course will be based upon the principles of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy programmes. Suitable for beginners and more experienced practitioners.


Who's it for?

Anyone interested in developing ways to improve their health and wellbeing.


Course outline

Mindfulness theory and practice will be introduced as a toolkit, a way to explore and notice physical and mental wellbeing. The arts and creative activities will provide a chance to practice mindfulness in an innovative and accessible way. The gallery’s rich exhibitions and collections will be used to illustrate the mindfulness concept further.

Each week we explore a different artwork and theme based on the principles of Mark Williams’ book Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Finding Peace in a Frantic World.

1. Waking up

2. Sensing

3. Stillness and movement

4. Creating space

5. Building resilience

6. Friendliness

7. Developing balance

8. What really matters


By the end of the course, participants will have

  • A basic understanding of mindfulness practice and some research underpinning them
  • Heightened insight into stressors and triggers
  • Techniques to use to understand and manage personal wellbeing
  • Techniques to choose from that will support and enhance your mental health and wellbeing
  • Learnt how to use the gallery as a wellbeing space for you
  • Supporting materials to continue to practice independently at the gallery and in everyday life

The tutors

Cathy Fortune is a Mindfulness Practitioner and Teacher of MBCT/MBSR within NHS mental health settings. She has trained with Integrated Mindfulness and Mindfulness in Schools. She is a specialist provider for integrated Art and Mindfulness for Galleries and Museums. For over 15 years she has worked within the NHS, designing and delivering Creative Wellbeing programmes for patients, which also include mindfulness provision. She is a qualified Teacher in Adult, Further and Higher Education and is a practising artist specialising in photography.


Wendy Teall is a Creative Wellbeing Specialist trained in the Therapeutic use ofMindfulness. She is a qualified Teacher in Adult, Further and Higher Education and is the former director for Start, the NHS Creative Wellbeing service. Her award-winning practice model has been recognized as one of the NHS’s top ten most innovative services. She has also developed an award-winning online Creative Wellbeing service. Wendy is a practising artist specialising in textiles.



Book via the events pages of the Gallery website or to find out more, please contact Louise Thompson, Learning manager: Health and Wellbeing
Tel: 0161 235 8844, Email: l.thompson1@manchester.gov.uk
Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley Street, Manchester M2 3JL,
Tel: 0161 235 8888
Opening Hours: Monday - Sunday 10am - 5pm, including bank holiday



Dates: 28 February, 6 March, 13 March, 20 March, 10 April, 17 April, 24 April and 1 May
Time: 11am-1.30pm, Sundays, 
Cost: £150. 
Refreshments: Tea, coffee and biscuits included