When you think of the cancer charity sector, art and design probably doesn’t feature heavily in the picture.
And yet, at the global network of cancer care centres run by charity Maggie’s, creativity plays a key role. From the art collections on display to the centres themselves – calming, beautiful spaces designed by acclaimed architects such as Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid and Rem Koolhaas – the power of a soothing aesthetic is not only recognised, but celebrated.
“If you’ve ever been to a Maggie’s centre, you’ll know that they are special places, and many of them have won awards for their architecture and design,” the charity says. “That’s because we know that great design can help the people who come to us for support to feel better – and help us to give the best possible cancer support.”
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