Residency at Maggie's Centre Manchester / by Lucy Burscough


Facing Out has begun with a residency at Maggie's Centre Manchester. Maggie's Manchester is a beautiful place with a beautiful ethos. With a very light touch it provides practical, emotional and social support to people who have cancer and their family and friends. Run by welcoming and knowledgeable staff together with a group of friendly volunteers, Maggie's becomes a home from home for those people who are spending time at the neighbouring specialist cancer hospital, The Christie. 

Maggie's was designed by (Sir Norman) Foster and Partners and it's award winning architecture offers visitors a calming, therapeutic environment which allows conversations to happen naturally and friendships to be formed within its communal spaces over a good cup of tea. The kettle is always on.  Maggie's recognises the vital place that conversation holds in boosting well-being and promoting resilience when people are faced with illness, an understanding that is mirrored in the delivery of Facing Out, where painting is performance and conversation is key. 

Painting at Maggie's Manchester and spending time with centre visitors, its volunteers and staff is a pleasure and a privilege. If you would like to find out more about Maggie's or make a donation to help with their fantastic work, please visit