The Edge is a creative hub where you can find a space to relax, enjoy the light spacious café, discover art, catch a morning yoga session or enjoy an array of wellbeing classes from dance fitness to life drawing. Here, Communications Manager Sophie Evans shares five ways to feel good at The Edge...
Image: Mariner: A Painted Ship upon a Painted Ocean, 25th January to 21st March, Paul Blakemore
1. Find an Oasis of Calm in the Gallery
With Art Fund revealing that 63% of people visit a gallery or museum to help deal with anxiety and stress, Bath’s largest gallery based at The Edge at the University of Bath is the perfect place to take some time out. This inspiring hub is just ten minutes' drive or bus ride from the city centre.
The next exhibition at The Edge is Slow Painting, a Hayward Gallery Touring exhibition which connects directly with our need to slow down in an accelerating world, featuring paintings from 19 artists that take their time and invite visitors to do the same.
2. Rejuvenate with Yoga
Take time out to relax and find your balance. With health benefits such as improving your flexibility, building your strength and perfecting your posture, yoga is a popular way to make time for your wellbeing. Classes in The Edge’s beautiful dance studio offer something for everyone, whether a seasoned yogi – familiar with Hatha Vinyasi flow and balancing Yin and Yang – or simply someone wanting to begin something new.
As well as regular classes, you can also enjoy a Restorative Yoga Workshop on Sat 18th April.
Image: Anna Barclay
3. Dance Yourself Fit
We all know we should look after our bodies, but that doesn’t mean exercise can’t be a bit of fun too. The Edge combines dance and fitness to provide energising classes that will lift your spirits whilst burning calories.
Image: Anna Barclay
4. Pick up a Pencil (Or Chalk, or Charcoal…)
The therapeutic power of drawing isn’t to be underestimated, and whether you’re a dab hand with a pencil or haven’t picked one up in years, artist and tutor Caragh Savage is sure to inspire you to embrace the art. Drawing can be for its own sake, or as a mindful activity to change the way you notice the world around you.
The Edge runs regular courses each term, but this summer, you can also book on to special three-hour Life Drawing sessions to learn new skills and play with drawing.
Image: Borderlines, Anna Barclay
5. Feed Your Mind
Whilst some find the slower life the perfect remedy for wellbeing, others prefer brain food in the form of insightful talks, seminars or lectures. The Edge hosts talks and tours for visitors to engage with creative topics and new ideas, often uncovering unexpected collaborations between artists and researchers. Talks can spark inspiration and ideas, and provoke an extra spark of creative energy.