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You can practice mindfulness by spending time looking at an artwork, and it can be a very helpful tool to calm and settle your thoughts. Longer engagement with a painting or sculpture will produce a deeper sense of appreciation and wellbeing.


Begin by looking at the painting for a couple of minutes. Is there a pattern being formed by the shapes, colours and textures within the painting? Are your eyes drawn to one section of the work that has held your attention?

27 artworks
The Sisters in Wales
Photo credit: Ferens Art Gallery

The Sisters in Wales c.1911

Derwent Lees (1884–1931)

Oil on panel

H 41 x W 32 cm

Ferens Art Gallery

Young Roman
© the artist's estate / Bridgeman Images. Photo credit: Bridgeman Images

Young Roman c.1928–1929

Dod Procter (1892–1972)

Oil on canvas

H 79 x W 57.4 cm

Ferens Art Gallery

Grey and White
© the artist's estate. Photo credit: Ferens Art Gallery

Grey and White 1961

Henry Mundy (1919–2019)

Oil & pastel on paper

H 65 x W 75.5 cm

Ferens Art Gallery

Piazza del Duomo, Taormina, Sicily, Looking up to the Carmine Church
Photo credit: Ferens Art Gallery

Piazza del Duomo, Taormina, Sicily, Looking up to the Carmine Church c.1939

James Kerr-Lawson (1864–1939)

Oil on panel

H 39.5 x W 51 cm

Ferens Art Gallery

Garden at Woodyates Manor, Dorset
© Ferens Art Gallery. Photo credit: Ferens Art Gallery

Garden at Woodyates Manor, Dorset

Paul Ayshford Methuen (1886–1974)

Oil on canvas

H 54.5 x W 75 cm

Ferens Art Gallery

The Red Hat (Margaret Meninsky)
Photo credit: Ferens Art Gallery

The Red Hat (Margaret Meninsky) 1919

Bernard Meninsky (1891–1950)

Oil on canvas

H 114.2 x W 76.2 cm

Ferens Art Gallery

San Justo, Toledo, Spain
© the estate of David Bomberg. All rights reserved, DACS 2024. Photo credit: Ferens Art Gallery

San Justo, Toledo, Spain 1929

David Bomberg (1890–1957)

Oil on canvas

H 50.8 x W 66 cm

Ferens Art Gallery

1939–41 (winter landscape - Halsetown)
© Angela Verren Taunt. All rights reserved, DACS 2024. Photo credit: Ferens Art Gallery

1939–41 (winter landscape - Halsetown) 1939–1941

Ben Nicholson (1894–1982)

Oil & pencil on board

H 22.3 x W 28 cm

Ferens Art Gallery

Sunlight and Shadow
Photo credit: Ferens Art Gallery

Sunlight and Shadow c.1925

Harry Percy Clifford (1870–1943)

Oil on canvas

H 57.2 x W 76.7 cm

Ferens Art Gallery

Carraroe, County Galway, Ireland
© the copyright holder. Photo credit: Ferens Art Gallery

Carraroe, County Galway, Ireland late 1940s–c.1950

Eileen Bessie Anderson (1888–1974)

Oil on canvas

H 40 x W 45 cm

Ferens Art Gallery

Morning Calm, Concarneau, France
Photo credit: Ferens Art Gallery

Morning Calm, Concarneau, France c.1930

Terrick John Williams (1860–1936)

Oil on canvas

H 61 x W 81.5 cm

Ferens Art Gallery

A Calm Sea
Photo credit: Ferens Art Gallery

A Calm Sea

Henry Moore (1831–1895)

Oil on canvas

H 92 x W 139 cm

Ferens Art Gallery

The Flowing Tide
Photo credit: Ferens Art Gallery

The Flowing Tide c.1910

Moffat Peter Lindner (1852–1949)

Oil on canvas

H 87.5 x W 115.5 cm

Ferens Art Gallery

The Almond Tree
Photo credit: Ferens Art Gallery

The Almond Tree 1920s

Emily Beatrice Bland (1864–1951)

Oil on board

H 45.5 x W 60 cm

Ferens Art Gallery

Newlyn, Cornwall
Photo credit: Ferens Art Gallery

Newlyn, Cornwall 1906

Stanhope Alexander Forbes (1857–1947)

Oil on canvas

H 123 x W 97 cm

Ferens Art Gallery

Girl in Grey
© the artist's estate. Photo credit: Ferens Art Gallery

Girl in Grey 1939

Louis le Brocquy (1916–2012)

Oil on canvas

H 91 x W 91 cm

Ferens Art Gallery

Still Life with Roses
© the copyright holder. Photo credit: Ferens Art Gallery

Still Life with Roses c.1945

Mary C. Wilson

Oil on canvas

H 56 x W 38.5 cm

Ferens Art Gallery

Moonlight, Cornish Coast
Photo credit: Ferens Art Gallery

Moonlight, Cornish Coast c.1906

Albert Julius Olsson (1864–1942)

Oil on canvas

H 61 x W 76 cm

Ferens Art Gallery

Cream Head Study
© the artist. Photo credit: Ferens Art Gallery

Cream Head Study 1994

Alison Watt (b.1965)

Oil on canvas on board

H 18.7 x W 17.7 cm

Ferens Art Gallery

Eileen
© Ferens Art Gallery. Photo credit: Ferens Art Gallery

Eileen c.1949

Anne Redpath (1895–1965)

Oil on canvas

H 81.8 x W 56 cm

Ferens Art Gallery

The Idyll
Photo credit: Ferens Art Gallery

The Idyll c.1931–1932

Walter Richard Sickert (1860–1942)

Oil on canvas

H 81.4 x W 85.2 cm

Ferens Art Gallery

Greenhouse and Garden
© Ferens Art Gallery. Photo credit: Ferens Art Gallery

Greenhouse and Garden 1937

Stanley Spencer (1891–1959)

Oil on canvas

H 76.2 x W 50.8 cm

Ferens Art Gallery

The Big Book
Photo credit: Ferens Art Gallery

The Big Book 1946

Geoffrey Arthur Tibble (1909–1952)

Oil on canvas

H 68.8 x W 56.2 cm

Ferens Art Gallery

The Pillion
Photo credit: Ferens Art Gallery

The Pillion

Joseph Walter West (1860–1933)

Oil on canvas

H 123 x W 152.5 cm

Ferens Art Gallery

Rising Moon
© Ferens Art Gallery. Photo credit: Ferens Art Gallery

Rising Moon 1942

Mary Potter (1900–1981)

Oil on canvas

H 45.7 x W 76.3 cm

Ferens Art Gallery

Musicians
© Ferens Art Gallery. Photo credit: Ferens Art Gallery

Musicians 1936

Kate Elizabeth Olver (1881–1960)

Oil on cardboard

H 75 x W 74.5 cm

Ferens Art Gallery

A Bridge at Bruges, Belgium
Photo credit: Ferens Art Gallery

A Bridge at Bruges, Belgium

Louise Pickard (1865–1928)

Oil on canvas

H 54 x W 65 cm

Ferens Art Gallery