The Art and Science of Sleep - Two Events by Susan Aldworth

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The Art and Science of Sleep – Two Events by Susan Aldworth


14 July 2017

 The art and science behind Susan Aldworth’s new exhibitions in York will be the focus of two events next Thursday (July 20). From 2pm-4pm Susan will be at York St Mary’s, Castlegate, to talk about the inspiration behind her current exhibition A Dark Self and the people who helped make it possible.

Then at 5pm Susan will be joined by Professor Miles Whittington at the Lotte Inch Gallery, Bootham, to discuss how Susan’s art was influenced by the science of what happens to the brain when we go into deep sleep.

Both events are free, with no need to book.  Full listings for the events are below.


The Dark Self was created and conceived by Aldworth during her three-year residency at the University of York, working with neuroscientist Professor Whittington and art historian Professor Michael White to develop the concepts and ideas for the exhibition, a striking  mix of art and science exploring the experience of sleep.

Aldworth, renowned for her experimental printmaking techniques and work on the human brain, challenges us to reflect upon our nightly transitions from consciousness to oblivion. How do we even fall asleep and   wake up again? The Dark Self is a meditation on such questions.

The exhibition at York St Mary’s is proving a success with more than 1,000 visitors a week since it opened on June 7.

It is free to visit from 11am to 4pm Wednesdays to Sundays until September 3.

The Art of Sleep runs until July 21 2017 at the Lotte inch Gallery. It is free to visit and is open Monday 10am-5pm and then Wednesday to Saturday, 10am-5:30pm. Other Times by appointment.



Artist’s Talk – The Dark Self
20 July 2017, 2-4pm
York St Mary’s

Hear artist Susan Aldworth talk about her inspiration for the project and the people she collaborated with to make the work, including how she found the 414 embroiderers to work on the collaborative ‘1001 Nights’ installation. The event is free with no need to book.


Meet the Artist – The Dark Self
20 July 2017, from 5pm
Lotte Inch Gallery, York

Visit the Lotte Inch Gallery for the chance to meet artist Susan Aldworth and neuroscientist Professor Miles Whittington whose joint research underlies the visually stunning exhibition, ‘The Dark Self’. Hear more about their working relationship delving into the complexities of the sleeping self. Refreshments will be served from 5pm. The event is free with no need to book.

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