Contemporary visual art can have many beneficial effects on wellbeing and mental health through its ability to allow us to express our emotions, tell stories and stimulate the imagination.  Art has an incredible way of allowing us to convey, communicate and connect with not only ourselves, but the world around us.

Art can also serve as a form of therapy, helping individuals to process and understand their feelings. Studies have shown that viewing or creating art can reduce stress, improve mood, and increase feelings of relaxation and self-esteem. Having this kind of outlet is an effective way to cope with these emotions and slow down the ‘busyness’ of your mind to provide relaxation as you focus on the art itself and its finer details.

In addition, being creative through art positively contributes to the cognitive function of the brain too, specifically with learning, problem-solving, focus, and memory. Even art can present its own challenges, so when you’re given the opportunity, you can look for new, innovative ways of approaching them with a creative mindset. Over time, you can develop resourceful solutions for problem-solving.

Engaging with art can also provide a sense of community and connection with others. It enables us to become more open-minded and allows us to see things from a different perspective in order to feel more connected to the people and world around us. Art is a catalyst for conversation and an invitation for discussion.

Overall, contemporary visual art can serve as a valuable tool in promoting mental wellness and can be widely beneficial to positive wellbeing, contributing to overall happiness. Visiting a local art gallery, creating your own at home or even visiting one of our exhibitions is a great way to disconnect from the chatter of your mind, and reconnect to inner stillness and those around you.