Look 200

Look200 was a year-long, artist-initiated, Arts Council England funded residency at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital. Lucy painted in pop-up studios in the public areas of the hospital, which allowed patients to relax and watch the work progress as they waited for their appointments. Lucy had thousands of conversations with staff and patients discussing the themes behind the work: the amazing scientific research into vision that has taken place in the city during the 200 year lifetime of the hospital.

Lucy engages with patients... and has conversations so no one is ever excluded... Every time I come out she is talking to someone ...It is uplifting so people aren’t just waiting in queues... people can engage with something that isn’t just about their condition.
— Pauline McSalley, Patient Support Counsellor, Henshaws Society for The Blind

The Daltonism Series

The Lucas ipRGC Series

Professor Rob Lucas is a contemporary scientist working at Manchester University’s Faculty of Life Sciences where he explores a newly discovered kind of eye cell called Intrinsically Photosensitive Retinal Ganglion Cells (ipRGCs). For a few years we have known that these cells contribute to some non image forming functions of the eye, such as telling us when it’s time to sleep. Research undertaken by Rob’s team now indicates that ipRGCs also contribute to our perception of luminescence and how our brains interpret brightness. Burscough has created portraits of Lucas to describe this work.

“The way I was thinking about it was (as medium of communication) it’s a little bit like...a mathematical equation, in that a mathematical equation is a very succinct vehicle of information which is hard to produce but which conveys layer upon layer of meaning. Art is like that right? The person producing the image puts a huge amount of effort into thinking about how to convey this and then, for that reason, the audience can look at it and think, “Well, that’s pretty” or “That’s pretty and it tells me something” or they can say “That’s pretty and it tells me something and I wonder about this” and add their own supplementary questions and I did think that when the (Look200) pieces were produced they really achieved that...Art, in that way, is a very efficient way of getting people to think themselves about how science works.”
— Professor Rob Lucas, Professor of Neurobiology, Manchester University. Collaborative partner.