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How Art Positively Influences Our Thought Processes

“Mind’s Eye” opens on February 24, featuring 14 children artists from both Nigeria and South Africa. Conceptual in nature, the collection is a testament to the depth of children’s imagination and creativity, as the art reflects the inventiveness of displaying ideas rather than simply recounting objects.



Research has shown that creating and engaging with art not only improves our wellbeing and influences our psychological state of mind, but also mirrors an artist's mind. For so many people, art is a form of expression where words fail. 


In addition, art influences our thought processes and long-term views on life. When we experience art and appreciate it, in return we are rewarded with a feeling of satisfaction and pleasure. 

"Beholding and experiencing art, beauty, and aesthetics can be calming. This experience can be related to mindfulness meditation, as it is able to lead towards enhancing the capability of perceptually engaging with an object." (Harrison and Clark, 2016). 

Recent studies have suggested that art is useful in promoting mental health and psychological well-being. It offers a therapeutic tool for vulnerable people like adolescents, the elderly, and children. (Daykin et al., 2008; Todd et al., 2017; Thomson et al., 2018). 

"Beholding and experiencing art, beauty, and aesthetics can be calming. This experience can be related to mindfulness meditation, as it is able to lead towards enhancing the capability of perceptually engaging with an object." (Harrison and Clark, 2016). 



Although this has been established, how this aesthetic experience affects our cognitive and emotional states and promotes physical and psychological well-being is still a matter of debate.


One thing is clear however; creating and experiencing art helps us see the world in another light, in our minds eye. It helps us relate and makes sense of the world which enables closure. This closure and sense of being helps us achieve peace at that moment and influences our thoughts and actions. 



The beautiful thing about creating and experiencing art is the sense of wonder it rewards us with. No wonder, some people have said art saved their lives. With curiosity, comes a longing to try new things, to explore more and wonder more. It is why art has been in existence as long as man. Art is central to survival; it is the reason we live. 



Creating and experiencing arts, be it painting, dance, poetry, drama, design, or other mediums, involves using different parts of our brain including our sensory system, memory, mental, emotional and cognitive functions. Doing this exercises our brain and gives us a relaxing feeling which makes us crave more of the experience. After enjoying any form of art whether by creating or exploring it, you release emotions that make you more connected to yourself. More confident and in sync with your being, that’s what art does to us. It brings out the childlike amusement in us and helps us see the world in a positive light. 


Positivity is the anchor through which we survive life, and if art can reward us with this then we should embrace art more. The cultivation of a constructive mental outlook serves as a magnet for favorable outcomes and opportunities.



One of the developing projects of the gallery is to launch its art wellness initiative, which seeks to connect art and health. 

The art wellness initiative allows pediatric patients, especially children with disabilities, to enjoy the benefits of viewing and making art. The initiative includes a 6 phase program for hospitals to undergo, establishing a link between how access to art affects children's holistic wellness. 


The “Mind’s Eye" exhibition, which will take place on February 24, seeks to promote optimism through arts. Featuring pieces by children artists in two African countries, the exhibition promises to be an experience that inspires, offers insight and brings positivity. 









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