‘Developing Your Creative Practice Fund’ awards first Liverpool grant to Gabriella Warren-Smith

Awarded £10,000 by Arts Council England!

Gabriella Warren-Smith became the first successful candidate in Liverpool for the Developing Your Creative Practice Fund by Arts Council England. The fund is designed to support independent creative practitioners to ensure excellence is thriving in the arts and culture sector.

This award will enable Gabriella to extend her curatorial practice investigating the impact of the digital age on society, through research trips to Europe, North West England, Glasgow and London. This activity will act as a platform for Gabriella to extend her blog ‘Cognitive Sensations’, through a multi-disciplinary approach including artist interviews, exhibition reviews, creative collaborations and commissioned essays.

Cognitive Sensations combines a wide spectrum of opinions exploring the impact of the digital age on human behaviour, culture and society. Contributors to the blog span scientists, educators, cultural theorists, artists and creative practitioners, reflecting the relevance of these issues across different disciplines.

The blog was born through Gabriella’s wider project Cognitive Sensations, an exhibition and events programme investigating the impact of digital technology engagement through neuroscience and art.

Gabriella will begin her research journey at the Visual Science of Art conference in Belgium, focusing on the intersection between art and science through a special edition of her blog.


Gabriella Warren-Smith, Project Director: “It’s been quite an experience leading the Cognitive Sensations public engagement programme. From talks by international neuroscientists, to artworks exploring sensory experience in a digital era, I have personally learnt a lot. I can’t wait to move onto this next phase of my Cognitive Sensations journey, and dive into the research which made this programme thrive. Stay in tune for more essays and developments if you’d like to hear more.”