Did you know that going to an art gallery can help you relax?
Cultural experiences can improve your health and happiness. The physiological and psychological benefits are manifold: Numerous studies found that applied arts and cultural interventions have a positive impact on certain health conditions including dementia, depression and Parkinson’s disease. According to the Arts Council, those who had attended a cultural place or event in the previous 12 months were nearly 60% more likely to note good health as opposed those who had not, and theatre-goers were about 25% more likely to state good health.
Close encounters with culture can offer you an escape from the pressure of modern living.
“You might have a stressful week and then you go somewhere like the Whitworth and there’s tranquillity.” (Consultant Psychiatrist)
Culture not only allows you to learn about the world and its people, but also about yourself. Art, for me, is like entering into another world, where I can let go of all my worries, strains and stresses. It’s simply restorative and revitalizing. I love going to the theatre and exhibitions. I did not only go to the recent Ai Weiwei exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, but I have also visited his current exhibition at Downing College in Cambridge. It’s fantastic! His art makes me stand in awe; I have never seen any exhibition that made me look at art in such a completely new light.
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