Vane Gallery Exhibition

Exhibition ran between 16 January - 29 February

Now finished, the exhibition at Vane included a combination of old and new works from both Susan Aldworth and Andrew Carnie. It included a range of prints and sculptural installations that have been made individually and collaboratively.  The Enlightenment prints made back in 2015 in response to the science of optogenetics, have almost been the trigger for Illuminating the Self, first connecting Susan and Andrew to the CANDO project.

Out of the Blue, an installation of 18 cyanotypes, Susan Aldworth 2020. Photograph by Colin Davison. Susan Aldworth and Andrew Carnie in front of their prints from the Enlightened series. Monotypes, 2015. Photograph by Colin Davison.

More recently, Susan has produced a series of cyanotypes, a historic photographic technique, that echo the patterns and shapes of brain activity during an epileptic seizure. Susan says: "The cyanotypes are made using ultraviolet light, a process which mirrors the use of light in the optogenetic therapies being developed by the scientists. These prints explore, through pattern, the synchronisation that occurs in the brain during an epileptic seizure."

In Praise of the Scope. Andrew Carnie, 2019. Photograph by Colin Davison. The Portrait Anatomised, Aldworth 2013. Photograph by Colin Davison.

Andrew Carnie's work for the two exhibitions reflects on the CANDO project's scientific and engineering aspects whilst also considering some of the ethical and moral questions surrounding it. Using programmable USB word fans, the video work, A Tale of Two, show rings of rotating phrases offering different perspectives on brain implants with the words coming from texts on legal, ethical and personal viewpoints.

A Tale of Two. Mixed media. Andrew Carnie, 2019.  Crack of Light, Projection on voile and LEDS. Andrew Carnie, 2019

This work sits opposite Crack of Light, a kinetic work that is triggered by visitors as they walk through the exhibition. Alongside Storm to Calm: Rockall, Abys and In Praise of the Scope, these pieces reflect on the nature of epilepsy, being concerned with balance and stability and how this can be interrupted and realigned.

The following video is a short documentary by filmmaker Alan Fentiman about the work that was shown in the gallery during the exhibition. 


In February, Andrew Carnie did a talk at Vane about his work on the exhibition. This was recorded by Vane and can be viewed below or through Vane's Facebook page.


Established in 1997, Vane operates a gallery space, as well as a flexible workspace for artists to develop new work. Vane is based within the Orbis building, a community of creative organisations on Pilgrim Street in Newcastle city centre.

The gallery is open to the public 12pm to 5pm, Wednesday to Saturday during exhibitions with free entry.

Location: Vane, First Floor, Commercial Union House, 39 Pilgrim Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 6QE.

In Praise of the Scope, Abys, and A Tale of Two. Andrew Carnie, 2019.