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We are curating an exciting new exhibition, funded by the Wellcome Trust and the Wates Foundation, called Affecting Perception: Art & Neuroscience. It features the work of 11 artists who have each suffered from a neurological condition that has affected their work and the way they see the world.
Accompanying the exhibition is a series of talks featuring the artists in conversation with neuroscientists and psychologists with specialist knowledge of their experiences.
We are also holding workshops in local schools to engage students with science at a higher level and encourage them to visit the exhibition.
We would love to produce a catalogue of the exhibition, and document and publish the content of the talks as well. Our existing funding does not cover a catalogue, only the exhibition.
We are a registered Community Interest Company, so all our profits go back into the community: we are planning to sell the catalogue for a small fee, and donate the profit to the charity Headway, who have fantastic art therapy groups across the country for people with brain injury.
The catalogue contents, in addition to the catalogue essay and the works of the artists, will also include700 word mini-essays by leading academics in neuroscience, psychology and art history, and interviews with the artists. It will form a collage of all the different perspectives on Art and Science.
These are the academics who are involved:
- Prof Semir Zeki, Professor of Neuroaesthetics, University College London
- Prof Grant Gillett, Professor of Medical Ethics, University of Otago
- Prof Simon Baron-Cohen, Professor of Developmental Psychopathology, University of Cambridge
- Dr Megan Dowie, Girdler’s NZ HRC Research Fellow, University of Oxford
- Dr Angela Summerfield, Artist and Art Historian, Elected member of the International Association of Art Critics, UK Section
- Prof Glyn Humphreys, Watts Professor of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford
- Dr Sebastian Crutch, Alzheimer’s Research Uk Senior Research Fellow, University College London
- Prof Charles Spence, Professor of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford
- Dr Klaus Podoll, Neurologist, University of Aachen
- Dr Francesca Bacci, Art Historian in residence at the Centre for Mind/Brain Sciences, University of Trento
We would like to raise £1800 to cover the following:
- Freelance Writers fees (most writers are donating their fee)
- Design fees
- Printing costs for 500 copies