Seize the day: Art and mindfulness

Date and time

Saturday 19 November, 2–4pm

Room 18

Karly Allen and Sue Bolton


£34/£32 concessions/£28 Members

The brevity of life and futility of wealth were popular themes in 17th-century painting. In vanitas paintings, objects such as skulls, bubbles, wilting flowers, burning candles, ripe fruit, jewels, and timepieces alert us to the presence of death, even in a life of material indulgence, while paintings of the 'Three Ages of Man' prompt us to reflect on the stages and lessons of life.

Join us for a session combining close looking and basic mindfulness practice. Learn how mindfulness can help you seize the day and live a rewarding, joyful and purposeful life. Come with a sense of curiosity and fun to this relaxing and participative event. During the session you will be invited to focus your looking skills by drawing, but no experience is necessary.

Image above: Detail from Harmen Steenwyck, Still Life: An Allegory of the Vanities of Human Life, about 1640