Illuminating the Self

A Public Engagement Project

As a project, we are keen to engage with the public and the epilepsy community to ensure that the project meets the needs of people with epilepsy.  This is why we have a patient advisory group who have helped shape the requirements of the therapy. We have also held open events and talks about the project where anybody can learn about CANDO and ask questions.

To help that engagement we have collaborated with renowned artists Susan Aldworth and Andrew Carnie for concurrent exhibitions which opened in January 2020 at the Hatton Gallery and Vane in Newcastle upon Tyne. Both exhibitions are now closed, with the Hatton Gallery forced to close early due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was originally scheduled to run until 9 May 2020. We have also worked with North East based theatre company Operating Theatre to develop new drama Deep Mind. This was due to be performed during Brain Awareness Week in March 2020 but had to be cancelled. With the continuing social restrictions in place, the piece has been redone as a film.

The result of over two years of research with CANDO, the work aims to stimulate discussion and understanding of epilepsy and the use of technology within the human brain.

Illuminating the Self at Hatton Gallery

Out of the Blue, installation by Susan Aldworth, 2020.  Photograph by Colin Davison.

Illuminating the Self at Vane Gallery

In Praise of the Scope. Andrew Carnie, 2019. Photograph by Colin Davison.

Deep Mind & The Great Puzzle

Enlightenment 3, Susan Aldworth & Andrew Carnie, monoprint 2015, 86 x 76cms

CANDO Virtual Reality

The CANDO virtual reality experience


Watch the following video to find out more about the engagement project.

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