Discover Manchester Art Gallery Wellbeing trail First floor

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					                                                                                                  First floor                   Discover
                                                                                                                                Manchester Art Gallery
                                                                                                                                Wellbeing trail
Firemen on a Roof, 1941                      Trawler and Pier
W. Matvyn Wright                             Alfred Wallis
Gallery 15. Modern and Contemporary.         Gallery 14. Modern and Contemporary.
1st floor.                                   1st floor.
                                                                                                                                Paintings from Manchester Art Gallery’s collection
How does being in a team help these          Again, no questions this time. Instead here’s                                      chosen by Start participants.
firefighters?                                a story about the artist and a suggestion for
                                             something you might like to do at home.
                                                                                                                                All paintings are on the first floor of the gallery.
What did the Start participants say?         A Cornish fisherman turned rag-and-bone
                                             man, Wallis only began to paint in 1925,
Associations: Teamwork, common               when he was 70 years old. Using ship’s paint,
purpose, mutual support.                     card and board, he spent his retirement
“It’s about spirit and comradeship. Facing   producing paintings from memory of the
things together, not running away.”          Cornish landscape and sea. Regarded as a
                                             talentless eccentric by local residents in
                                             St Ives, Wallis was ‘discovered’ in 1928 by the
                                             artists Ben Nicholson and Christopher Wood,
                                             through whom he subsequently acquired a
                                             group of admirers and a patron.
                                             The Achievement and Aspiration Bottle
                                             You will need: a jar, bottle or similar container,
                                             smallish squares of paper to write on.
                                             Take a few pieces of paper and write down:
                                             	 •	Things	you	have	done	well
                                             	 •	Things	you	are	proud	of
                                             	 •	Things	you	want	to	do
                                             	 •	Things	you	want	to	do	better
                                             Fold the pieces of paper and put them in your
                                             container. From time to time, read your notes
                                             to remind yourself how well you’re doing.

                                             What did the Start participants say?                 Manchester Art Gallery
                                             Associations: Self-belief, realising                 Mosley Street
                                             potential, perseverance, creativity,                 Manchester M2 3JL
                                             achievement.                                         Tel: 0161 235 8888
                                                                                                  Fax: 0161 235 8899
                                             “It’s important to keep on going, no matter
                                                                                                  Textphone: 0161 235 8893
                                             what the obstacles.”
Start artists and participants have chosen the paintings         We suggest you start in the first floor Pre-Raphaelite Gallery
on this trail for the positive thoughts and feelings they        (Gallery 5) that opens onto the glass bridge over the atrium.
evoke. Follow the trail, view the paintings and reflect
on the related questions.

We’ve included associations and comments made by Start           The Norman Archipelago, 1885                         When the West with Evening Glows,1901           The Picnic, 1908                                   Cakebread Street (Sunshine after Rain), 1998
                                                                 John Brett                                           Joseph Farquharson                              Wynford Dewhurst                                   Liam Spencer
participants so that you can compare them to your own            Gallery 5. Pre-Raphaelite Gallery. First             Gallery 6. Late Victorian. 1st Floor.           Gallery 10. Lowry and Valette. 1st Floor           Gallery 10. Lowry and Valette. 1st Floor.
responses. The trail includes a couple of activities you might   floor.                                                                                               (over the glass bridge).
                                                                                                                      Imagine being in this painting…                                                                    No questions this time. Instead here’s an
like to try after you leave the gallery.                         Where would you place yourself in this                                                               Imagine yourself in this painting …                activity you might like to try later.
                                                                                                                      If you chose to walk here alone, what would
We hope you enjoy spending time in the gallery and               painting?                                            you enjoy about it?                             Who would you invite to your picnic?               10-minute walk
engaging with these artworks.                                    What do you like about this place?                   What things do you notice?                      What games and activities would you enjoy?         How often do you walk somewhere, busy
                                                                 What does being in this place inspire you                                                                                                               thinking, texting, talking and not really
We haven’t included much information about the paintings                                                              What sounds can you hear?                       What is it you like about your chosen games        noticing your surroundings? This exercise
                                                                 to do?                                                                                               and activities?
or artists, but you can find out about them from the labels                                                           What do you hope to find around the corner?                                                        will help you see your environment in a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         different way.
in the gallery and our website       What did the Start participants say?                 If you chose to walk here with someone else,
                                                                                                                                                                      What did the Start participants say?
                                                                                                                      who would it be?                                                                                   You’ll need a camera, or a mobile phone that
There is a simple map on the back of this plan, but if you       Associations:                                                                                        Associations: Friendship, belonging,               takes photos.
                                                                 Relaxation, peacefulness, space.
need more help finding your way around the gallery, pick                                                              What did the Start participants say?            connecting, being active, enjoyment.               Take a 10-minute walk, stopping every minute
                                                                 “I would sit on the cliffs listening to the sounds                                                                                                      to take a picture of whatever you see when
up a floor plan from our entrance hall or information desk       and appreciating the view.”                          Associations: Savouring, endless                “I’d like to walk barefoot in the grass – I love
                                                                                                                                                                      the freshness and freedom of it.”                  you look around.
in the atrium.                                                                                                        possibilities, appreciation, being in the
                                                                                                                      here and now.                                                                                      How often do you pass this spot?
Start in Manchester is part of Manchester Mental Health                                                                                                                                                                  Is this a journey you make every day?
                                                                                                                      “It feels magical: it makes me want to take a
and Social Care Trust. It enables people to use art to                                                                deep breath and savour the season.”                                                                Do you see anything you’ve never noticed
improve, protect and maintain their mental wellbeing.                                                                                                                                                                    before?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                         What did the Start participants say?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Associations: Seeing beauty in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         ordinary, seeing familiar things in a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         different way, noticing.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         “It could be a dark wet day, like in this
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         painting, but when I look up at the sky and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         see the clouds and a glimmer of light, it fills me
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         with hope and a sense of freedom.”

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