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Published:07 March 2013

Epilepsy exhibition at National Portrait Gallery

Three life size portraits of people living with epilepsy go on show today (Thursday 7 March 2013) at the National Portrait Gallery in London. The exhibition runs through  from March to 1 September 2013.

The portraits have been created by internationally renowned artist Susan Aldworth, whose work explores the relationship between  mind and body.

Brain scans

Each portrait is two metres high and is made up of nine separate prints incorporating traditional print processes with state-of-the-art images such as brain scans, EEG data and digital photography.

Artist Susan Aldworth said: ‘Elisabeth, Fiona and Max are all living successfully with epilepsy but I wanted to express the subjective experience of having a seizure and how epilepsy affects their lives.’

The Portrait Anatomised

The project – The Portrait Anatomised - has been funded by Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital Trust charity and is supported by Epilepsy Society.
Amanda Cleaver, communications and campaigns manager at Epilepsy Society, said:  ‘The portraits  convey many of the challenges faced by people with epilepsy such as the effects on employment, memory and  lifestyle issues.

'Although epilepsy is common, affecting around 1 in 100 people in the UK, it is a much misunderstood and stigmatised condition.  We really hope the display at the National Portrait Gallery will help raise awareness and bust some of the myths.’

Admission to the The Portrait Anatomised (room 38a) is free. The gallery is open from 10am-6pm daily and until 9pm on Thursdays and Fridays.

Interested in art? Visit our online art gallery Artists and Epilepsy or find out how you can contribute your work.