You will need to book a free ticket to enter the exhibition.
An unconventional perspective on the types of things that make us feel good
Explore the diversity of euphoric experiences and the effect of positive emotion on the body.
Joy is uplifting. It can be intense but brief, and leaves you wanting more. Some find joy while losing themselves on the dance floor, others while catching up with friends over a meal.
This exhibition shares with you a diversity of euphoric experiences and the effect of positive emotion on the body. Joy can bring catharsis, build resilience and bring people together.
New commissions by Harold Offeh, Amalia Pica and David Shrigley, plus artworks and historical objects dating back to the 15th century, guide you along some of the many paths to joy that different communities have sought, even in difficult times.
- A complete set of gallery captions is available to read online. Large-print captions are also available in the gallery.
- Our digital gallery guide for ‘Joy’ and ‘Tranquillity’ features 24 perspectives from medicine, science, religion and poetry, and audio descriptions of some artworks. It is available as audio, BSL and complete transcripts. Handsets are also available in the gallery, but we encourage you to bring your own device and headphones.
- A family guide for people with children aged 3–11 is available in the gallery.