Affecting Perception: Art & Neuroscience, a new art-science exhibition organised by the AXNS Collective, will take place from the 2-31 March 2013 at the O3 Gallery, Oxford, UK. The project will have three strands: an exhibition, a seminar series and workshops in local schools. Affecting Perception is funded by The Wellcome Trust and The Wates Foundation, and supported by the Department of Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford.

Can brain damage spark creativity? What is the role of memory in art? Is it right to categorise people by their conditions? Which aspects of an artist’s skill are affected by dementia, and which ones are preserved? These are just some of the questions that Affecting Perception: Art & Neuroscience investigates.

The exhibition showcases leading artists affected by conditions of the brain and inspired by recent discoveries in neuroscience. Examining these artists together for the first time, Affecting Perception looks at the connection between art and the mind. Unlike other projects of its kind, Affecting Perception avoids themes of mental illness, looking instead at neurological change and changes in visual perception.

The seminars series features high profile neuroscientists and the exhibiting artists discussing the themes of the exhibition. Speakers include Professor Charles Spence from The University of Oxford, exploring visual perception, and artist Jon Sarkin, discussing his experiences following a major stroke.  The seminars, open to all, will be held in venues across the city, and are free to attend.

The AXNS Collective is a group of young graduates interested in the crossover between art and science. With backgrounds in medicine, curating, production and community engagement, the organisers have come together to deliver their first project.

To view the diary of events and to book a place at one of the seminars visit


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