Let’s face it. You’re probably not going to stick to those New Year’s resolutions of hitting the gym seven times a week, learning Norwegian and mastering the saxophone. Here’s one resolution you’ll want to stick to: see more art.
Sounds simple, doesn’t it? The good news is that it absolutely can be with a National Art Pass from Art Fund, the national fundraising charity for art.
With the National Art Pass, you’ll have art on tap – and you’ll soon be hooked. As a bonus, you’ll also save a ton of cash, as the pass gives you free entry to over 240 museums, galleries and historic houses across the UK, plus a hefty 50 percent off entry to major exhibitions, including those at some of London’s most well-known venues.
All that artfulness comes for only £70 for individual membership, or if you fancy kicking-off 2019 with a dose of goodwill, you can add a Plus One for just £38, meaning that a pal or loved one gets the same benefits when they’re with you.
Speaking of benefits, did you know that visiting galleries and museums regularly can actually impact positively on your wellbeing? Well, it can, as a study published by Art Fund demonstrates.
The charity’s ‘Calm and collected’ report found that 63 percent of people visited a gallery or museum specifically to de-stress, and that people who regularly visited reported a greater sense of satisfaction. What’s more, 51 percent said they wanted to visit more often. If you’re one of those people, getting yourself a National Art Pass could be your ticket to a calmer 2019.
If you’re now thinking something along the lines of: ‘Yeah, I’d like to see more art, but I just can’t find the time’, you’re not alone. Lots of people assume that visiting an exhibition is time-consuming, when it really doesn’t have to be. In fact, here are four ways you can build art into your daily life
Visit in your lunch break
Reclaim that precious lunch break and do something worthwhile with it – pop in to a nearby gallery or museum and lose yourself in something beautiful or bizarre for a while. You’ll get back to the office feeling delightfully tranquil.
Visit after work
Ease the horror of commuting by spending time at an exhibition when the working day is done. It’s the perfect way to decompress after a stressful day and you’ll also dodge rush hour.
Plan a visit around another activity
Heading out to lunch/the gym/the cinema/the pub? Why not slot in an hour or so before or after whatever you’re doing to see some art? It may sound like a big lifestyle change – but it’s really not. You’ll wonder why you never did this before.
Take a chance
Take a gamble by visiting somewhere nearer and new. Doesn’t matter if you don’t know what’s on, just go and have a look. You might find something you love.
So, the next question has to be: where can you visit with the National Art Pass? Glad you asked, because there’s a formidable selection across the UK. Here are five of the many highlights in London.