How does art make us feel?

A multi-disciplinary project that how art makes us feel and how might that feeling transform us.


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Transcendence: How Can I Feel Art Again?

BBC Radio 4

A Reduced Listening Production

In this 30 minute radio documentary, Gaylene explores her own changed feelings when it comes to experiencing art. After 25 years of professional arts curating, she has seen it all and finds herself largely unmoved.


Through interviews with curators, artists and family members, Gaylene goes on a journey to recover the  sense or “transcendence” she remembers from her earlier days.

She tests her capacity for interoception, the sensing of your internal bodily changes, with the help of the neuroscientist Sarah Garfinkel, and meets the Turner Prize-winning visual artist Mark Leckey, whose works are concerned with art’s magic and ritual qualities. Art historian Chloe Ward recalls the rise of activist art in the 1840s, when painters actively sought to provoke emotions with images of social deprivation to compel people into taking action. Zoe Whitley, director of the Chisenhale Gallery, encourages a wider view of the cultural experience outside of institutions.

Can Gaylene reawaken her sensitivity to art?

Transcendence: How does art make us feel?  is a  multi-disciplinary project that brings together neuroscientists, psychologists, somatic therapists, art practitioners and audience members to explore what happens to us when an artistic work leads to a state of immanence or a sensational feeling and the potential for that feeling to transform us.  


How Do You Feel?

Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol

3 July - 26 September 2021

The Space To Come has designed a series of events and interventions that invite visitors to experience abstract painter Frank Bowling's sensational new show Land of Many Waters at Arnolfini Gallery through their own senses, memories and imaginations.

An in-gallery Feeling Guide and audio response has been developed that invites visitors to pay mindful attention to their feeling responses to the paintings.  On August 14th there will be a Feeling Day which will include  a series of Feeling Tours and a special restorative evening experience directed by artist Raquel Meseguer

Gaylene Gould has also written the foreword to the exhibition catalogue.

Details here