Susan Aldworth


Susan Aldworth is an interdisciplinary artist. Working on location in a medical or scientific academic department is central to her practice. She was Artist in Residence at the Institute of Neuroscience at Newcastle University from 2009 -2012, and is currently Artist in Residence at York University in the Medical School until 2017. She also has curated a number of exhibitions including Reassembling the Self in 2012. Aldworth is an experimental printmaker and filmmaker referencing philosophy, medicine, and neuroscience in her work exploring human identity.


Through her investigations into consciousness, dementia, schizophrenia, sleep and epilepsy, Aldworth has developed a particular interest in expanding notions of contemporary portraiture. Aldworth has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally and her work is held in many public and permanent collections including the Victoria & Albert Museum, British Museum, Fitzwilliam Museum and Wellcome Collection Library. Her critically acclaimed solo exhibition Susan Aldworth: The Portrait Anatomised  was shown at the National Portrait Gallery, London in 2013. Other recent solo exhibitions include Reassembling the Self at Hatton Gallery in Newcastle in 2012, at GV Art in London in 2014 and in Manchester in 2015 and theScribing the Soul tour (2008). Her etchings printed directly from human brain tissue were shown in TRANSIENCE at GV Art and the Blyth Gallery, Imperial College in 2014. Her exhibition Revelations opens at Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge in 2016. She is a regular presenter on BBC Radio 3 and 4.


Other recent significant shows include Images of the Mind, Dresden and Brno,Kyoto Hanga International, Japan, Brains: The mind as matter, Wellcome Collection, London and Mind Maps: Stories from Psychology, Science Museum, London. She is currently working on a project exploring Sleep at both Guy’s Hospital and York University called The Dark Self. Aldworth is represented by GV Art gallery in London.