Wellbeing Weekend
17 & 18 March

In celebration of Museums and Wellbeing Week, join us for a weekend of FREE activities at the opening of our annual Collections Galleries re-hang, and discover the benefits art and culture can have for health and wellbeing.


 

Most activities are drop in – it is highlighted if preferable to book

 

Contact us for further information

Pop in and ask at the Reception desk

Call us on 01922 654400

Or email our Collections Curator   julie.brown@walsall.gov.uk

 

Saturday 17 March

 

8.30 for 9am start   Gentle Relaxation Yoga  

Garman Ryan Main Hall, Floor 1

*FREE, BOOKING REQUIRED*

A unique opportunity to practice yoga in the gallery spaces, surrounded by works of art.  Come and give yoga a try in this contemplative, relaxing environment.

Gallery front doors will be open 8.30-9am.  The class will start promptly at 9am, and finish at 10am, before the Gallery is open to the public.  Mats can be provided, but do bring your own if you have one.  The class is suitable for beginners.  It is recommended to wear loose, comfortable clothing and to bring a bottle of water.  If you have an existing medical condition, please consult with your doctor to ensure it is safe for you to do this activity.

 

10.30am-11am & 11.30am-12pm  Mindfulness

Floor 2, Cornelia Parker room

*FREE, BOOKING REQUIRED*

Be guided in some basic mindfulness techniques, surrounded by Cornelia Parker’s print portfolio Thirty Pieces of Silver.

Reshape ideas of the self, learn ways to bring mindfulness into your life, and experience what it is to be truly present in all your senses. No previous experience necessary.

 

11am – 12.30pm    Mini Masters Art Class

Activity Room 1

An experimental Family workshop inspired by Modern Master Frank Auerbach.  View his work in the Landscape and Townscape room, then take inspiration from the window view of Walsall canal and replicate Auerbach’s painting technique to create a Mini Masterpiece!

 

12.30pm – 2pm   SILVER – reminiscence session      

Floor 2, Cornelia Parker room

Inspired by Cornelia Parker’s print series Thirty Pieces of Silver join us for an informal shared reminiscence session.  Bring along your own piece of silver, or discuss and handle objects as part of the display.

 

2pm – 4pm  Life Drawing 

Floors 1&2

Come and join us for a drawing session in the galleries, with informal artist guidance, in the Figure Studies and Flowers and Still Lives rooms.   Materials provided.  No previous experience necessary.

 

4pm-4.30pm  Audio Description Talk with Touch 

Floors 1&2

A short audio described talk, incorporating elements of touch.

All welcome, and suitable for those with visual impairments.

 

Sunday 18 March

 

12.30-1pm & 1.30pm-2pm & 3pm-3.30pm  

Comedy, Songs and Storytelling     

Floor 1

Family friendly musings on wellbeing and art with Rich Stokes

 

12.45pm-2.15pm  SILVER – reminiscence session 

Floor 2, Cornelia Parker room

Inspired by Cornelia Parker’s print series Thirty Pieces of Silver join us for an informal shared reminiscence session.  Bring along your own piece of silver, or discuss and handle objects as part of the display.

 

1pm-1.30pm  Audio Described Talk with Touch 

Floors 1&2

A short audio described talk, incorporating elements of touch.

All welcome, and suitable for those with visual impairments.

 

2pm-3pm    BSL Tour 

A signed tour looking at some of the highlights from the new Artists in Focus exhibition.

In association with DeafPlus.

All from the deaf and signing community welcome.

Floors 1&2

 

2.30pm – 3.30pm    Mindful Drawing Practice 

Activity Room 1

*FREE, BOOKING REQUIRED*

Taking inspiration from the Artists in Focus exhibition you will be guided in mindful drawing practice techniques.  Materials provided, no experience necessary.