Facing Out is an art project that will explore the impact of acquired facial disfigurement from head, face and neck cancers and their treatments. Lucy will be creating paintings in residence at the wonderful Maggie's Centre Manchester, at The Christie Hospital and at Central Manchester NHS Foundation Trust. The paintings will be portraits of people who have facial disfigurements due to facial cancers. They will explore and illustrate the identities of the sitters beyond their role as 'patient' or 'one who is disfigured'.
Lucy thinks that this project will raise some interesting questions about how we look at people:
The project is a partnership between artist Lucy Burscough; Maggie’s Centre Manchester and their clients; Tim Blackburn, Consultant Oral Maxillo-Facial/Head & Neck/Facial Plastic Surgeon at Central Manchester NHSFT and his patients; The Christie Hospital; The Whitworth; Manchester Museum; medical anthropologist, Dr. Anne-Marie Martindale; and Manchester Science Festival. The paintings will be produced in public following Lucy’s model of art production as performance, delivered as a wellbeing activity with the intention of creating challenging and ambitious artworks and inspiring stimulating and enlightening conversation.