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Community & Public Health

Projects involving the wider community, many of who are classed as difficult to reach groups. The projects address wider issues around health, healthy living and lifestyle.

Ocular Bionica

Project Manager(s): Lucy Burscough
Project Artist(s): Lucy Burscough
2015 to 2016

Artist Lucy Burscough, who produced the wonderful `Look200` and `CurARTive` paintings that are on display in the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital atrium, is now working on an exciting new project as artist in residence at Lime Art.

This project is called Ocular Bionica and it is inspired by remarkable cutting edge clinical trials, testing technologies that hint at a future of biomedical bionics and the hacking of humanity. In partnership with Professor Paulo Stanga and the Manchester Vision Regeneration Lab at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital, Lucy will be interpreting and illustrating the story of Ray, a patient who has lost his central vision to age-related macular degeneration.

The artist follows Ray as he takes part in clinical trials which, if successful, will allow him to see not only with his retained peripheral vision, but also with a central vision created by new technologies that, even in their infancy, represent a spectacular paradigm shift in the treatment of sight loss. The artwork will take the form of a painted stop-frame animated film, and will give viewers an opportunity to see the world through the eyes of the patient and get an insight into what it feels like to be the first human to see with a hybrid human/digital vision.

Ocular Bionica will be launched as part of the Manchester Science Festival in October 2016. It is funded by Arts Council England.

Photos copyright Lucy Burscough 2016

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Manchester Adult Cystic Fibrosis Centre
Project Manager(s): Helen Kitchen
Project Artist(s): Jacqui Symons, Kim Wiltshire, Mark Haig
2009 to 2011

Lime Art delivered and managed TRANSITIONS, a creative project by and for young people aged 15 to 18 with cystic fibrosis (CF), which aims to help them make the transition from paediatric to adult health-care services. Three artists worked with young people with CF to design a Transitions Pack which includes an information booklet, leaflets and a DVD. The DVD is divided into chapters and includes a short drama fictionalising accounts drawn from young people with CF, animation sequences, a virtual tour of the Manchester Adult CF Centre and interviews with older CF patients about their experiences.

We want to warmly thank everyone who contributed to the project. Including all the young people with CF and their parents who contributed, the Art Direction team, the CF nurse specialists and Ward staff at the Royal Manchester Childrens Hospital, all the crew and actors who gave their time for free, staff at the Manchester Adult Cystic Fibrosis Centre, all the steering group members and Manchester Metropolitan University.

BBC Children in Need supported this project 2009-2011

For more information download the PDF report or contact Helen Kitchen:

Transitions book intro page transitions Abbi story page Transitions DVD

The Amazing Dr Sober

Award winning film and educational resource pack
Project Manager(s): Kim Wiltshire
Project Artist(s): Mark Haig Marcus Hercules Mike Crowley

The Amazing Doctor Sober was launched on Wednesday 29th October 2008 with a Premiere at the Odeon Printworks, Manchester. This project is funded by Comic Relief, and explores issues around alcohol misuse for young people aged 10-14. There is a creative resource pack, a CD of resources and a DVD of a film made entirely by young people in Greater Manchester. The project took two years from start to finish, and has been supported by all 10 Greater Manchester young people's drug and alcohol services. It aims to give young people a chance to explore the social and emotional issues behind alcohol misuse in a creative way.

Dr sober
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