AXNS is a curatorial collective of young curators, scientists and art historians with an interest in the intersection between science and art. We curate exhibitions, events and workshops engaging the public with cutting edge research in neuroscience.

Our first project, Affecting Perception: Art & Neuroscience took place in Oxford in 2013, and featured the works of 10 international artists who suffered from different neurological conditions, and had each found their work had been affected. It was an exploration of the neural basis of how we see, paint, and draw and what we can learn when something goes wrong. Since then we’ve held talks and workshops with leading academics and artists, bringing topics such as neuroaesthetics to the public stage.

We’re always looking for new members and new projects, so if you’re interested or have a great idea, get in touch!

RacheRachel Strattonl Stratton

Art Curator

Rachel is an art historian and curator. Following a BA in History of Art at University of Cambridge, she completed her MA at the Courtauld Institute of Art in June 2011. She was the Curatorial Assistant at Ben Uri Museum of Art (2011-14), where she worked on exhibitions including: From Russia to Paris: Chaim Soutine and his contemporaries (Oct. 2012); Judy Chicago and Louise Bourgeois, Helen Chadwick, Tracey Emin (Nov. 2012-Mar. 2013) and ‘Uproar!’: The First 50 Years of The London Group. She has also curated freelance exhibitions, including contemporary photography at Connaught Brown Gallery (Jul. 2012), and Affecting Perception with AXNS Collective (Mar. 2013). She is currently doing her PhD at The Courtauld, where she is looking at the engagement of British Surrealism and Pop Art with popular culture, science and technology.

Rachel BedderRachel Bedder

Science Curator


Rachel has a BA in Art & Psychology from the University of Reading, and a MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience from UCL. She has worked on a range of research projects in neuroaesthetics, dementia, computational modelling and virtual reality, with experience at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey and The Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science at University of Sussex. Rachel is beginning her PhD in Computational Psychiatry at the Max Planck UCL Centre in January 2017 exploring the computational nature of mood disorders. She also works as a freelance science communicator.

MirandaMiranda Marcus Marcus

Design Curator

Miranda studied Graphic Design and Illustration. Since graduating in 2010 she has worked across a range of creative industries, including publishing, architecture, theatre, visual art, and education. She spent the last two years working for one of the UK’s leading health charities developing digital innovation products and is now studying an MSc in Digital Anthropology at UCL. Her research focus is on machine learning in medical diagnostic software.

Romy LorenzRomy Lorenz

Public Engagement Curator


Romy is a cognitive neuroscientist with a multidisciplinary background in psychology and biomedical engineering and currently undergoing her PhD at Imperial College London. Since her MSc in Human Factors at the Berlin Institute of Technology, her research interest lies in developing brain-computer interfaces using different functional neuroimaging techniques and by applying machine learning methods. She gained research experience in labs in Berlin, Beijing and San Diego before starting her PhD in London in 2013. Since then she has been actively involved in several public engagement events such as ‘Traumatic Brain Injured Patients and Carers Day’, ‘STEM World Summer School’, ‘Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition 2014’ and ‘Brain Injury “Meet the Scientists” Day’.

Cosima Gretton

Cosima Gretton



Cosima co-founded AXNS in 2011 whilst training as a junior doctor. Merging her dual passions for the arts and sciences, she brought together academics and artists with the goal of improving public engagement and understanding of developments in neuroscience and technology.

Cosima has an MA in Experimental Psychology from the University of Oxford, trained in medicine at King’s College London and practised as a doctor at Guy’s & Thomas. She is currently based in San Francisco where she leads clinical product development for Mindstrong, a mental healthcare company bringing smartphone-based measurements of cognitive and emotional function into clinical practice. She is a Teaching Fellow on the University College London Technology Entrepreneurship MSc, where she leads the Healthcare Pathway.

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