Unheard Cancer Voices Project

Creating visual stories using voices from unheard communities

Fruit Fly Collective and Macmillan have teamed up to collect voices from people who are living with cancer and are from minority communities or unheard groups. The aim is to translate these unheard diverse voices into visual art for a Tate Modern exhibition, and a series of magazines, to share with others who are undergoing similar experiences with cancer.

Thank you to all those who shared their story.

Shifting Self Identities| Cancer Stories

Visit the exhibition at the Tate Modern on Fri 26th – Sun 28th between 12-5. There is a Tate Late on Friday between 6-10pm.



Our exhibition uses narratives, taken from people who have experienced cancer, that explore both the non-linear movement of self-identity throughout a lifetime, and the movement of power from clinicians to patients, enabling patients to take more ownership of their own health.

The loss of identity after a cancer diagnosis is a common experience, and the pathway to a new identity is often complex. We wanted to produce a collective voice through a series of artworks using metaphors, and visual narratives, informed by stories from people who have experienced cancer, to demonstrate this journey or movement from one identity to another.

Connecting with other people who have faced similar experiences can be key to understanding and establishing a new identity during cancer treatment, and then beyond. A journal of visual narratives, containing some of the pieces, will be published later in the year. They will be distributed for free to cancer clinics in London, and around the UK, to help empower, inform, connect and navigate people newly diagnosed through their illness, to find their new identities.


We would like to thank the hundreds of people who shared with us their experiences with cancer, and those who sent us their own artwork. We would also like to thank Macmillan Cancer Support for funding and supporting this project.

Translating collected experiences and stories into artistic pieces can remove cultural, language or educational barriers to enable experiences to be shared and understood.

Examples of artwork created by Emma Swinhoe and Hazel Nicholls.