Why We Need Art

with Mary Attwood 


Exploring Ways of Seeing Art: Neuroscientific, Psychological, Philosophical and the Mystical

Sunday 5th December 2021 – 3:00pm – 5:30pm (UK time) via Zoom

This session will include both theory and participation as we take a journey through the ways in which art can be perceived; from the neuroscientific, the psychological, the philosophical and the mystical, and the implications these approaches may have on us, the viewer,  by seeing through these different lenses. For millennia Western art has been a means through which humans sought to understand their place in, and relationship to, the world. But in modern times, many of these approaches have been lost. As we track the points in our history where these changes occurred from the Reformation and subsequent Enlightenment, we will take a  journey through the works of art themselves as artists sought to either express a loss of enchantment from the world, or conversely embrace it. Drawing on modern neuroscience, psychology, ancient Greek philosophy and the mystical traditions, each of these modes of knowing and approaches to art will be considered in turn as examples of great architecture, paintings and sculpture are explored. The work of ancient Greek and Renaissance philosophers, psychiatrist and author Dr Iain McGilchrist’s theory on the left and right brain hemispheres,  Drs Carl Jung and James Hillman, and the mystical as expressed through ancient wisdom traditions will reveal different ways of seeing and attending to art, which claim to have the potential to be transformative for both image and seer.  

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Mary Attwood is an art historian, writer, teacher, lecturer and a business creative. She is a co-director of the Centre for Myth, Cosmology and the Sacred and a co-founder of Iain McGilchrist’s platform, channelmcgilchrist. She was the founding Chairman of the Victoria Arts Society, and is also a qualified practitioner of yoga, meditation and mindfulness.

Mary holds an MA with distinction in Myth, Cosmology and the Sacred, and her thesis, ‘Rebirthing a Lost Vision of Renaissance Art’, researched quattrocento Florentine Renaissance art from a broad context of ancient Greek philosophy, the neuroscientific approach of Dr Iain McGilchrist’s thesis on the left and right hemispheres of the brain, archetypal psychology and Renaissance artistic approaches. She holds a BA hons degree in The History of Art from London University where her studies focused on Italian late medieval and Renaissance art and architecture. 

Mary’s teaching and research seeks to offer a broader understanding of art, not as an object to be analysed, but as an interface of perception, consciousness, epistemologies, psychological and philosophical knowing. For more information visit www.maryattwood.com.

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