Susan Aldworth

Susan Aldworth is a visual artist who lives and works in London. She is an associate lecturer on the Art & Science MA at Central Saint Martin’s, London. Aldworth studied philosophy at Nottingham University and fine art at Sir John Cass, London. She is an experimental printmaker and filmmaker with a strong interest in investigating the workings of the human mind, especially consciousness, sleep and our sense of self. She has developed experimental print techniques to realise her ideas including the historic Transience etchings printed directly from human brain tissue. 

Aldworth’s practice has included exhibitions, residencies and commissions nationally and internationally. Her work is held in many public and private collections including the V&A, The British Museum, The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, The Wellcome Collection and Williams College Museum of Contemporary Art, USA. Working as an artist-in-residence in a medical or academic setting is central to Aldworth’s practice – she has collaborated with scientists, clinicians, art historians and philosophers to investigate the many narratives of sleep, imagination, epilepsy, schizophrenia and consciousness in her explorations into what it means to be human.  

Aldworth is currently Artist in Residence (2018-2020) at the Institute of Neuroscience at Newcastle University on a multi-disciplinary project (CANDO) exploring radical treatments for focal epilepsy. Her research into sleep culminated in the award-winning exhibition The Dark Self in 2017 She has recently completed a commission for the Sleep Disorders Centre at Guys Hospital funded by Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity.

Aldworth has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally most recently The Dark Self at York St Mary’s, Realisation at The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge and Susan Aldworth: The Portrait Anatomised at The National Portrait Gallery in London. Other significant exhibitions include Mapping the imagination, V&A, London, Reassembling the Self, Hatton Gallery, Newcastle, Sleuthing the Mind, Pratt Manhattan Gallery, New York, Brains: the mind as matter, Wellcome Collection, London, Mind Maps: Stories from Psychology, Science Museum, London, Images of the Mind Deutsches Hygiene-Museum Dresden and Moravian Gallery, Brno, Landscapes of the Mind, Williams College Museum of Art, USA. Aldworth is a regular presenter for BBC Radio.

Aldworth is represented by TAG Fine Art


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  1. Dear Susan,

    I am an upcoming artist, studying Fine Arts at Bolton University, I wanted to thank you for the inspiration your work and approach has given to me. I am all ready a qualified counsellor so I guess there is no surprise in the fact I am passionate about human mind, but your work forced me to challenge myself further from more scientific side, researching the processes that take place in the cosmic space of our brains on daily basis, it was (and is) really fascinating… I strongly believe that we should pay much more attention to the powerful and limitless abilities that are innocently locked in our seemingly vulnerable minds. So thank you and I hope you will keep inspiring me.

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