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National Art Pass Brainwaves Campaign Launch at The Courtauld Gallery. © Hydar Dewachi / Art Fund 2023
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Art Fund's Brainwaves at The Hepworth Wakefield

Friday 31 May, 10am - 1pm and Saturday 1 June 2024, 10am - 5pm, FREE with an exhibition ticket

Experience the impact that art has on your brain in real time as Art Fund tours brainwave-reading technology to museums across the UK.

For the first time ever, you can visualise the impact of art on your brainwaves as Art Fund are touring technology that brings this to life in real time and in 3-D.

Join Art Fund in our A Living Collection exhibition on Friday 31 May (10am – 1pm) and Saturday June 1 (10am – 5pm) to try on EEG headsets which capture your brain data while you look at the art and objects in our collection. You’ll see your brainwaves on a screen to show the impact of art on your brain.

The project highlights how people’s brains are stimulated when they experience art in museums and galleries, and aims to help answer the question of the fundamental value of art and the impact it has on us. Visitors of all ages are invited to take part by viewing art or artefacts while wearing a headset that is connected to an electroencephalogram (EEG) monitor. The outputs of their brainwaves as they react to the art are then visualised on-screen in 3D and real-time.

The headsets are adjustable and suitable for adults. Children are welcome to join and try the headsets too.

This is a free drop-in event, included in your exhibition ticket.


Brainwaves will run during May half-term. Exhibition tickets are FREE for Members, Wakefield District residents and under 18s.

Non-Wakefield families can get 50% off adult tickets when visiting with children / under 18s during the Wakefield school holidays. Use discount code: FAMILY50.

National Art Pass holders will get 50% off the price of their ticket.