Southampton City Art Gallery shares Calm in the Collection for Mental Health Awareness Week

15 May 2020

For Mental Health Awareness Week, Southampton City Art Gallery will be sharing art works from the city’s incredible Collection, chosen by Cultural Services staff that they find calming, each day on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter from Monday 18 May culminating in an online exhibition: Calm in the Collection opening on Saturday 23 May.


Mental well-being is incredibly important to our physical health and sense of happiness. It is often hard to find opportunities to take time out from our busy lives to relax and reflect on things, but art can be a great medium to transport you to another place, even just for a few minutes. Staff from the Cultural Services teams at Southampton City Council have been choosing work’s from the Collection to create a collaborative online exhibition: Calm in the Collection for everyone to enjoy.


The exhibition will launch on Saturday 23 March at the end of Mental Health Awareness Week on, but look out for a sneak preview of some of the selections on the Gallery’s social media accounts, next week. Alex, a Community Engagement Coordinator and Assistant Curator of Maritime and Local Collections, has chosen Early Summer by William Alfred Elleby (1856–1932). Find out why she’s chosen to share this with us next week as she reflects on some of her own fond memories.


So be kind to yourselves, and join us on a calming and contemplative visual journey through the Collection and hopefully find a little inner peace from your day. Share your favourite works, or place with us on social media using #calminyourcollection and tag the Gallery in your post.

Image: Early Summer by William Alfred Elleby (1856–1932) © Southampton City Art Gallery

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