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Art Exhibition, Wed 7 Jun - Sun 3 Sep 2017, free entry

The Dark Self

The Dark Self


Susan Aldworth’s new exhibition -The Dark Self - was inspired by her research into sleep during her three year residency at the University of York working with neuroscientist Professor Miles Whittington and art historian Professor Michael White.

Sleep provides Aldworth with a rich new theme in her investigations into what it means to be human. We spend a third of our lives asleep and for most of that that time we are completely unaware of ourselves and our surroundings; we are unconscious in deep sleep, and paralysed when dreaming.

In The Dark Self Aldworth uses the pillowcase as a visual metaphor for sleep, and it is a recurring motif. The exhibition at York St Mary’s will focus on different interpretations of sleep reflecting the complexity of the subject. You will be immersed in the installation - One Thousand and One Nights - which will consist of hundreds of embroidered pillowcases sewn by people from all over the UK - prisoners, schoolchildren, craft groups and students from the Royal School of Needleworkers as well as many members of the public.

The Dark Self runs from 7 June – 3 September 2017 at York St Mary’s, which is part of York Museum’s Trust.

Event details

Dates Times
Wed 7 Jun - Sun 3 Sep 2017 10:00 to 17:00
Wednesdays - Sundays 11am-4pm


Free entry

Events at this Venue

date event
Wed 7 Jun - Sun 3 Sep The Dark Self



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Map reference: SE 599521  Lat: 53.96151 Long: -1.08852

On Foot:
Five minutes walk from the Castle Car Park to the south of the city centre.


Susan Aldworth / Lotte Inch

01904 848660




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