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Look 200 After Hours

November 4, 2014

Look200 After Hours

Thurs 6 Nov, 6.30-9pm. Join us for an evening of art and music as we explore the ideas behind Look200, an art meets science project by artist Lucy Burscough. Look200 celebrates and illustrates 200 years of life-changing research into vision, undertaken right here in Manchester. The event links with the opening of Burscough’s exhibition of paintings exploring the subject which has been created in partnership with Manchester Museum and opens at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital earlier in the evening (5.30-6.30pm- you are welcome to make an evening of it and come along to the exhibition launch too!).


Throughout the evening there will be opportunities to participate in fascinating activities exploring vision from interesting angles: experience augmented reality as you investigate what it is like to see as if you were colour blind; explore your sense of touch with the Museum’s haptic object handling machine and learn everything there is to know about the history of spectacles with Manchester Royal Eye Hospital’s resident expert, Stephen Golding. Henshaws Society for the Blind will be able to share their expertise regarding some of the diseases and disorders that can cause sight problems and demonstrate the low vision aids that are available to help people with limited sight. A group of biomedical scientists will showcase some of the cutting edge clinical research that takes place behind the scenes at the eye hospital and may impact on the future of global eye care. Fun and games will be available to test your colour vision acuity and explore just how animals see.


7pm James Sumner is a historian of science and will talk about the extraordinary life and work of John Dalton as a researcher and teacher in Manchester, including his remarkable diagnosis of his own colour-blindness.

7.30pm Dr Annette Allan is a research associate and public engagement specialist who works with neurobiologist Professor Rob Lucas at Manchester University’s Faculty of Life Sciences. Their research area, Intrinsically Photosensitive Retinal Ganglion Cells (ipRGCs), quite incredibly, were only discovered at the turn of this century. Some of what has been discovered about the cells has been interpreted in paint and makes up part of the Look200 exhibition at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital. Annette is a natural communicator who has a knack of making difficult concepts fun and accessible. Come and learn all about the function of these fascinating cells

8pm . Professor Paulo Stanga, Vitreo Retinal Specialist and Director of Manchester Vision Regeneration (MVR) Lab will discuss the innovative technology and novel approaches to treatment that his lab trials and develops. Professor Stanga is one of the few surgeons in the world currently implanting and trialling the ‘bionic eye’ in patients with sight loss at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital. Amazing work- this presentation is not to be missed!

To Round off The Evening

8.30pm The première of a specially commissioned audio visual artwork created by Albino Mosquito in collaboration with musician Dan Steele. Beautiful vision themed imagery manipulated in real time in response to the music. A sublime end to the evening.

You will be welcomed with a glass of wine and throughout the evening Cafe Muse will open serving food and drinks.

Price: Drop-in, free, adults

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