Tuesday 26 April 2016 sees the new Maggie's in Manchester, open at the Christie Hospital; designed by Norman Foster of Foster & Partners, and sited in a peaceful and inspiring garden, this is the latest Maggie's cancer care centre for anyone who has been affected by cancer.
The Maggie's vision is about empowering people to live with, through and beyond cancer by bringing together professional help, communities of support and building design to create exceptional centres for cancer care.
Growing out of a philosophy of cancer care laid out by Maggie Kewick-Jencks, where people should not 'lose the joy of living in the fear of dying', good design and being surrounded by art mattered to Maggie. The Maggie's centre's programme of support has been shown to strengthen the physical and emotional wellbeing of people with cancer, their families and friends; it has had a long tradition of incorporating art in each of its centres to work alongside the architecture and landscape to help create a safe and comfortable environment for those affected by cancer.While Maggie's has a significant collection of around 1,000 artworks that is displayed in its centres cross the UK, the collaboration between the new Maggie's in Manchester, and the Whitworth, the University of Manchester's art gallery is the first of its kind. The gallery has loaned 13 works from its fine art and wallpaper collections to hang alongside works from the Maggie's collection, as well as a print series by Bridget Riley.
Each artwork from the Whitworth has been carefully chosen to reflect the nature of the room in which it has been hung, from a visually powerful and up-lifting work by Kate Whiteford to welcome visitors, and a pair of energising works by Ian McKeever in the exercise and activity room, to a small scale and quirky Study for a Screen by Anthony Benjamin in the quiet library space.The Whitworth is familiar with the interplay between art and architecture, for art and the buildings surrounding it to provide a space for quiet reflection, as well as the power of art to inspire, and enhance lives; in addition to a continuing curatorial collaboration with Maggie's in Manchester, the Whitworth has a well established arts and health programme and will work with staff and visitors at the centre to devise events and activities around the Gallery's collections. The Whitworth is delighted to be able to extend the reach of its collections and programmes and wishes Maggie's in Manchester well in its beautiful new home.