Lucy Burscough

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The Art of Identity Project at Manchester Museum

In Gallery/Museum Projects, School Projects on 27/11/2014 at 15:49

The Art of Identity project at Manchester Museum saw Droylsden Academy students visiting  Manchester Museum and, moving in groups from activity to activity, the year group undertook a series of exciting ways to explore their own identities by engaging with pieces from the collections, in particular the encaustic (painted in pigments suspended in wax) mummy portraits that drew from both ancient Egyptian and Roman artistic traditions and culture. They were a great way to think about our own identities in a cosmopolitan and richly diverse city such as Manchester.

My activity, building a sculpture of a sarcophagus, developed throughout the day with each group adding to it. Some helped with the build while others concentrated on decorating the model with cartouches that spelled out their names in phonetic hieroglyphs.

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The project continued with sessions at the schools where the students used encaustic techniques to create layered collages that explored their identities and family histories, layering through previous generations back in time like the historical strata that archaeologists might dig through . Here is my demonstration piece!


These tiles and the model sarcophagus were then exhibited in the Manchester Museum throughout the very busy summer holidays. They were seen by thousands!




Close Knit : Funky Fascinators!

In Arts for Health, Community Arts, Gallery/Museum Projects, Knitting on 27/11/2014 at 14:43

Close Knit continues to meet on the last Saturday of every month at the Gallery of Costume in Rusholme. Please follow the blog at for more information about friendly knitting sessions themed around the gallery’s collection such as this one where the group made gorgeous fascinators!

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A great session on Saturday creating sweet little fascinators for all those weddings we’ll no doubt be attending over the summer! We were really inspired by the fantastic collection of hats and fascinators on display in the Gallery of Costume. We had a great spread of embellishments to add to the knitted/crocheted bases and it was great fun putting them together and showing off the results!

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The Launch Event

In Arts for Health, Community Arts, Gallery/Museum Projects, Paintings on 27/11/2014 at 14:05

2014 Has Been a Busy Year! Read more about it at


The opening of the Look 200 took place across two venues. The launch of the exhibition of paintings took place in the early evening at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital.  It was a great success and very well attended with interesting speeches reflecting on the hospital residency and the exhibition by Brian Chapman of Lime Arts, Wendy Gallagher of Manchester Museum, Professor Rob Lucas of Manchester University’s Faculty of Life Sciences (who features in some of the paintings), and Peter Mount, outgoing Chairman of the Hospital Trust who has been a brilliant advocate for the project throughout.

The sister exhibit of objects that relate to the project then opened at Manchester Museum as part of an ‘After Hours’ evening of vision themed activities that I was excited and honoured to curate.


At the museum throughout the evening there were opportunities to participate in fascinating activities exploring vision from interesting angles: experience…

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Fresh Made Trade

In Gallery/Museum Projects, Outdoor projects, School Projects on 27/11/2014 at 10:19

Remember ‘Digging for On Site Art Materials and Processing Whitworth Art Gallery Clay ‘ ?

‘Fresh Made Trade’ was a project that saw pupils from Manchester Academy experience developing a unique series of products to be sold in the Whitworth Art Gallery shop when it reopens after it’s refurbishment. The young people undertook market research,  retailer liaison, and investigated marketing strategies, and then, using the very clay that was dug during the ground-works that have been taking place on site, the product development, design and manufacture of beautiful ceramic buttons, badges and coasters. The buttons were inspired by buttons in the Gallery of Costume collections, alongside the natural forms sketched in Whitworth Park and my willow sculpture Genesis Reborn. The finished results were fantastic and without doubt will sell like hotcakes when they go on sale in the new Whitworth Art Gallry shop! And if that wasn’t reward enough, the project will go towards the Academy’s bid to gain Bronze Arts Mark status. Good work folks!

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