2017 Talks

Dividing Lines: A Brain Science View of Landscape Art

Image credit courtesy of the Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham


Tuesday, 14 March 2017


17:30 – 20:00


The Barber Institute of Fine Arts (R14 on campus map)


This event is free, but booking is essential. To book your place, please contact: 0121 414 2261 or email education@barber.org.uk

Ever wondered what really happens to your brain when you look at art?  Join Jane Raymond, Professor of Visual Cognition at the University of Birmingham’s School of Psychology to find out.

The brain thrives on contrasts, categories, and divisions. Artworks that juxtapose sea, land, and sky, that contrast wild with tamed, calm with frenzied, or near with far, bring exciting dividing lines to the brain.

This illustrated talk and interactive gallery session will explore how dramatic landscapes excite the brain and why we find them so enduringly compelling.

Presented by The Barber Institute of Fine Arts in partnership with the School of Psychology.