Art to lift the spirits and restore the soul

Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.
— Pablo Picasso
 J.M.W. Turner,  Norham Castle, Sunrise , c. 1845. Tate Britain

J.M.W. Turner, Norham Castle, Sunrise, c. 1845. Tate Britain

There is no doubt that art lifts the spirits, calms the mind and restores the soul. From paintings to performance art, architecture and installations, observing and practicing art can comfort, challenge, absorb or transport. There is no single work that can sum this up, so here are some of the most uplifting, perhaps even transformative artistic experiences London has to offer:

The Rothko room, Tate Modern: slip away from the bustling crowds and immerse yourself in Rothko’s sublime vision of meditative colour and form.
 
Turner Collection, Tate Britain: one of the most comforting places in London; unchanging and constant, a place to lose yourself in the beauty of nature. 
 
St. Stephen Walbrook Burnt to the ground in the Great Fire of London in 1666 the St Stephen Walbrook church was rebuilt by Christopher Wren. An oasis of calm in the City - go in and see the white stone altar designed by Henry Moore.

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Or get hands-on at The Kiln Rooms, Peckham
De-stress by doing something creative at these clay workshops for complete beginners. In the five hour session you'll make at least three ceramics to take home. £70, thekilnrooms.com

Words by Annabel Matterson. The Iris Letter May 2017.