How visual intelligence can build ‘cultural capital’

Anyone can look at art – but it turns out the perception of art is a skill so valuable, it's being used to sharpen minds in a range of different industries.
A man wearing a multi-coloured t-shirt stares up at a gilded ceiling, frescos and paintings in Florence, Italy.

Art galleries play an important role in the cultural landscape. But did you know they can be tools to break down discrimination in society – and even help to solve crimes?

The idea of artists teaching highly-trained professionals skills to help them understand and empathise with others seems counterintuitive.

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