Seven thousand feet is an art and science project which was part of the Manchester Science Festival (MSF). MSF was 18 - 28 October but the exhibition continued after the festival and was further extended to 22nd November. The project was informed by the medical condition diabetes and takes its name from the approximate number of diabetes related lower limb amputations in the UK each year. This was the statistic when I began the project and sadly has since increased. It shocked me and as my Granny had Type 2 diabetes I decided I needed to find out more.

The exhibition took place at the Manchester Central Library, St Peter's Square M2 5PD. Diabetes UK then asked us to take some of the work to their professional conference in Liverpool in March 2019 – you can see more about this in the Seven thousand feet / Liverpool conference section.

I’ve spearheaded the project, in collaboration with my mentor Dr Martin Rutter and have been working with an amazing bunch of medics, scientists and artists. I’ve created my own work and curated work from other artists who are all students and graduates from Manchester Metropolitan University. All our work is informed by high quality science provided by the expert partners we're working with. It sets out to communicate in innovative ways and to inspire real changes in human behaviour.

We’ve also showcased some of the latest diabetes technology and organised lots of art and science drop-in sessions for visitors to experience. We had thousands of visitors and held drop-in sessions, a Techfest, a full-day hands-on session at the Museum of Science and Industry and a special World Diabetes Day event on 14th November. These provided opportunities to see and do art and science with many specialists on hand to talk to. You could find out your own risk, test your sugar levels, create your own footprint for our mural and lots more besides.

We gained lots of press and publicity and masses of amazing feedback. We also developed a website where you can find out more about the project and exhibition:

We’ve worked alongside some amazing practitioners and here are some of their sites so you can find out more about the condition and some of the research that is taking place:

Prof Roy Taylor at Newcastle University:

Manchester Metropolitan University

Research for the Future

Diabetes UK