Space to Relax Gallery
The Harris recently opened a new Space to Relax gallery exploring how art can improve all our wellbeing.
We also recently launched a new partnership Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust. Their Lancashire Recovery College now offers free wellbeing workshop each week at the Harris – open to everyone to book on.
In the new gallery visitors can take time to slow down and relax. There are a range of activities on offer such as creative writing and mindfulness inspired by the Harris’s art collections. The gallery was developed through visitor consultation sessions – where people were asked what sort of activities they’d like to see here and what type of art they find relaxing.
One of the key things visitors asked for more of was comfy seating, positioned so people could really relax and look at the art. The results of this visitor consultation are on display and everyone is being asked for their feedback so the gallery can be further developed in the future.
Lancashire Recovery College are based in the Harris each Monday. They offer two free wellbeing courses – one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Courses include dealing with anxiety, art and chair-based exercise. Over lunchtime Recovery College staff and volunteers are available (either in the gallery or in the Harris café) if visitors need a chat about living well or signposting to services in the area.