So, nearly the end of 2019 already! Schooldays are all nativities, Christmas jumpers and parties, extremely tired children and frantic parents sorting out presents, diary dates and family visits(if your house is like mine!).
So coming to my office here at the Mercer Art Gallery is (almost) an oasis of calm. It’s such a beautiful, peaceful space to be, and the varied art on show in the Harrogate Open by all the talented local artists is inspiring and thought-provoking.
The Royal Pump Room Museum is looking Christmas cosy with its tree and decorations and I’ve been enjoying thinking about family holiday activities in both venues, because I know that the dark, cold days particularly after Christmas can be hard ones for entertaining the children, and visitors!
So pop along to see us and enjoy our backpack activities, making thank you cards and playing games in the warmth of the museum, or create a calendar in the Mercer and, of course, complete our Christmas trails.
I’m also experimenting in both venues with some Grateful postcards where visitors can write down something they are grateful for and peg it to our line for all to see. Science has proven that thinking of things, however small, we are grateful for on a daily basis improves our wellbeing. I believe that time spent with art and culture is also about wellbeing. Christmas is a busy time for families, and can be a hard time too and so we hope you can take a moment to pause and think of something that improves your life and let us know!
All that is left is to wish you a super Christmas time and all the best for 2020.