Susan Aldworth’s work explores the workings of the human mind. She is interested in human consciousness, and the relationship between the physical brain and our sense of self. Aldworth is a printmaker, working with etching, monotype and lithography, and a film-maker, with a particular interest in expanding notions of contemporary portraiture.

In 2012 Aldworth developed and curated Reassembling the Self, an exhibition which explored schizophrenia, for the Hatton Gallery in Newcastle. Susan Aldworth: The Portrait Anatomised was shown at the National Portrait Gallery, London in 2013. Her most recent experiments into portraiture include the TRANSIENCE suite printed directly from human brain tissue and The Entangled Self etchings made from human hair. Aldworth is currently artist in residence at York University developing an exhibition The Dark Self exploring sleep.

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 and The Wellcome Collection Library in the UK, and Williams College Museum of Contemporary Art in USA. Working as an artist-in-residence in a medical or scientific setting is central to Aldworth’s practice to explore the different personal, medical and scientific narratives around human identity.


  • 2016 Realisations, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
  • 2016 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy, London
  • 2015 Prism: World Printmaking, Gallery Goto, Tokyo
  • 2014 Sleuthing the Mind, Pratt Manhattan Gallery, New York
  • 2014 TRANSIENCE, GV Art gallery, London
  • 2013 SUSAN ALDWORTH: THE PORTRAIT ANATOMISED, National Portrait Gallery, London
  • 2013 Mind Maps: Stories from Psychology, Science Museum, London
  • 2013 Art and Science, GV Art gallery, London
  • 2012 Reassembling the Self, Hatton Gallery, Newcastle
  • 2012 6th International Kyoto Hanga International Print Exhibition , Kyoto, Japan
  • 2012 Between, Inigo Rooms, Somerset House, London
  • 2012 Brain: the mind as matter, Wellcome Collection, London
  • 2011 Images of the Mind , Deutsches Hygiene-Museum, Dresden
  • 2011 Trauma, GV Art gallery, London
  • 2011 Coming of Age , Great North Museum, Newcastle
  • 2010 Discerning Eye, Mall Gallery, London
  • 2010 400 Women, Shoreditch Town Hall, London
  • 2010 Key of Life, Scheltema Contemporary Gallery, Leiden, Netherlands
  • 2010 Landscapes of the Mind, , Williams College Museum of Art, USA
  • 2009 Scribing the Soul , Arts Council touring exhibition London, Plymouth Oxford Newcastle
  • 2008 Mapping the Imagination, V&A, London


  • 1976 Philosophy, Nottingham University


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