The positive impacts of art on wellbeing

Smith Partner
03 Nov 2020

In the UK we find ourselves once again heading into a nationwide lockdown in response to the public health crisis. For many, it has not only affected our livelihoods but also our mental health. Although there is no one-route answer, studies have continued to show that immersing oneself in the arts – be it a theatre production live-streamed to your sofa or an artwork hung on the walls above your head as you lay in bed – has a direct & positive impact.

At S&P gallery we recognise the powerful contribution that fine art can make to health and wellbeing. From the conception of our gallery space in the heart of Gloucester Road, it was our aim to give access to some of the greatest artworks held in institutions and private hands, and placing them in the hands of everyday people. Fine art is an expression of our humanity, it provides us the opportunity to express ourselves and create conversation.


Above: Pablo Picasso’s Marina Series. Picasso features as the Guinness world record holder for the most prolific artist ever lived. Clearly, his creativity brought him much happiness, even in turbulent times.


Reclaiming personal moments

Keeping our minds active & stimulated is key to a long and healthy life. Studies have shown that spending time looking at artwork alleviates symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression. Our brains are wired to identify patterns in our environments. If the spaces we spend most of our time in stagnate – so do our minds.

As such, interior designers recommend changing your living space seasonally. One brilliant way to do so is to incorporate artworks into your home. Vivid bursts of Pop-Art blues in the summer, rich and warm shades of red for the winter. You can craft your space to represent your personality and style, evoking conversation, and joy all year-round.

Above: The artist Deborah Azzopardi in her home studio. Notice how the bright colours and life into the dark wooden space.

The Science within the Canvas

This is not just opinion, its scientifically proven. When you see an artwork you admire, neurons begin to transmit dopamine through your brain. Art has the power to change your brains chemical balance and genuinely enrich your day-to-day life, even when you are working from home for the 6th month in a row. Creative activities improve the quality of the household environment, stimulating healthy brain development in children.


“Art helps us access and express parts of ourselves that are often unavailable to other forms of human interaction. It flies below the radar, delivering nourishment for our soul and returning with stories from the unconscious. A world without art is an inhuman world. Making and consuming art lifts our spirits and keeps us sane. Art, like science and religion, helps us make meaning from our lives, and to make meaning is to make us feel better.”

– Grayson Perry, Artist


Our simple advice?

Choose an artwork you love. If you feel it, do not ignore it. All too often people disregard their tastes for fear that others will not agree. Remember, it is your space and your dopamine, do not let people get in the way of that.

Above: Artist Holly Frean explores her practice through an infinite process of experimental drawing, inspired by the greats who came before her. Inspiration is everywhere

Our specialist art advisors are available online and by phone whenever you need us, whether it’s to find the perfect piece for your daughters first home, or to diversify your investments in these challenging times. Just send us an email through and we will point you in the right direction.