The Work

The Work is an installation made of clay bricks and mice

Are research animals an invisible workforce within a city? Making a murine workforce from the same red clay that built Manchester as an industrial city, we were able to ask, what does it mean to be part of a community; to be shaped out of and work for it? How do we define who or what works for us and what work do we allow to be visible choose to keep discreet? How do our levels of comfort and understanding of particular work and workers shape how we value and acknowledge contributions to our environment and our lives?

This work was develop in partnership with our creative partner Rob Hopper. You can explore more about The Work through the Gallery Guide that accompanied its exhibition in Manchester Museum as part of the Manchester Science Festival in 2019.

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